Mergers and Acquisitions, Networking

Symantec Buys Blue Coat: Who Is New CEO Greg Clark?

Greg Clark

Amid Symantec's buyout of Blue Coat Inc. in the cybersecurity market, Blue Coat CEO Greg Clark will ultimately lead the combined companies. But who is Clark?

The simple answer involves a healthy mix of entrepreneur and enterprise leadership experience. Indeed, Clark has started multiple security companies that have been acquired. And he has also held executive-level positions at large IT companies following M&A deals.

Greg Clark's Experience, Resume

As he prepares to shift from Blue Coat CEO to Symantec CEO, Clark will have a lengthly list of experience to lean on. His resume includes:

  • Greg Clark has served as CEO of Blue Coat and as a member of the company’s board of directors since September 2011.
  • Earlier, he was president and CEO of Mincom, a global software and services provider to asset-intensive industries, from 2008 to August 2011. ABB Group acquired Mincom in July 2011.
  • Before joining Mincom, Clark was a founder, president and CEO of E2open, a provider of cloud-based supply chain software. That tour of duty covered 2001 until 2008.
  • Earlier in his career, Clark founded Dascom, a security firm that IBM acquired in 1999. There, he served as a distinguished engineer and VP of IBM’s Tivoli Systems.

Symantec's buyout of Blue Coat is expected to close by Q3 2016. ChannelE2E will be back soon with more coverage of this emerging story.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.