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by Jen McCarthy

EMC’s DeWalt to Lead McAfee as CEO

Mar 05, 20072 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

McAfee’s board of directors on Monday named former EMC executive Dave DeWalt as the security software company’s chief executive officer and president.

DeWalt, 42, takes the helm of a company tainted by allegations surrounding backdating of stock options by former executives.

DeWalt, a 20-year veteran of the technology industry, most recently was executive vice president and president of customer operations for EMC.

Dale Fuller, McAfee’s interim president and CEO, will leave that job April 1, the day before DeWalt takes over. Fuller will stay as an adviser to help with the transition and will remain on the board. DeWalt is also expected to be appointed to the board.

Fuller stepped in as interim chief in October 2006 following the resignations of George Samenuk as chairman and CEO and of Kevin Weiss as president. They left following allegations that they were involved in improperly backdating stock options to McAfee executives.

DeWalt told IDG News Service that he is prepared to take over the company, even as it operates under a legal cloud.

“It definitely is an issue for me to deal with,” he said. “I don’t condone what happened, but it is behind us.”

A federal indictment alleges improper backdating of stock option grants by McAfee executives in 2000 and 2002.

Last week, former McAfee legal counsel Kent Roberts was arraigned on federal fraud charges in relation to his role in the backdating scandal. He pleaded not guilty before a federal judge in San Francisco.

-Robert Mullins, IDG News Service