Secureworks Welcomes Wendy K. Thomas as President and CEO
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Secureworks Welcomes Wendy K. Thomas as President and CEO

By CIOReview | Thursday, June 10, 2021

Secureworks announces the retirement of CEO Michael R. Cote and the appointment of Wendy K. Thomas as the company's new President and Chief Executive Officer. 

FREMONT, CA: Secureworks, a worldwide pioneer in cybersecurity, has announced that CEO Michael R. Cote would step down as CEO and a member of the Secureworks Board of Directors on September 3, 2021. Wendy K. Thomas, Secureworks' current President of Customer Success, has been unanimously voted as the company's new President and CEO, effective September 3, 2021.

"Wendy is a proven and respected leader who has been the driving force of our company's transformation," said Mr Cote. "Her deep knowledge of our business has made her a valued strategic partner for many years, and throughout her tenure she has delivered strong operating results and innovative solutions through a relentless commitment to our customers, our purpose, and our people. I am confident she will lead Secureworks well into the future and I am proud to have her succeed me. I know she will make an outstanding CEO."

Mr. Cote has had an impressive career with Secureworks. He joined the firm in 2002 as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer and has helped it grow into a worldwide security leader with a foothold in more than 60 countries and 4,000+ customers.

"It has been my honor to lead this company for the past two decades, and I am proud of all we accomplished to create a safer, more secure world for our customers and their customers," Mr. Cote continued. "I've made lasting friendships and I am fortunate to have worked with the best people in the industry. I look forward to celebrating their continued success."

Mr. Cote oversaw Secureworks' acquisition by Dell Technologies in 2011, establishing a long-term connection with the company and Michael Dell, who has served as chairman of the Secureworks Board of Directors since the company's initial public offering in 2016.

"I've had the privilege of working with Mike for over a decade, witnessing first-hand his leadership and devotion to Secureworks' purpose and customers," said Mr. Dell. "On behalf of the Board, we thank Mike for his contributions and congratulate Wendy as Secureworks' next President and CEO. Wendy has worked closely with the Board over the years, and we are confident that she is the right person to lead Secureworks into a bright future."

"I know that I speak for everyone at Secureworks in thanking Mike for his leadership and tireless dedication to the company," said Ms Thomas. "I appreciate the support of Mike and the Board, and I am proud to work with an exceptional team that is focused on taking decisive actions to transform cybersecurity.

"At the end of the day, our transformation is much more than moving from a services provider to a software-led company. It is about being customer-led and proactively addressing the tremendous market opportunity in security. Our customers look to us for solutions that reduce their risk and effectively protect their organizations against a constantly evolving threat landscape, and we are uniquely positioned to help them and unlock future growth opportunities with our deep bench of security expertise, our singular focus on software-driven security, and our customer-centric solutions that solve security's toughest challenges."