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SUNNYVALE, Calif.Proofpoint, Inc., a leading cybersecurity and compliance company, today announced that Rémi Thomas, Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed interim Chief Executive Officer. He will assume Ashan Willy’s responsibilities, who is stepping down as CEO of Proofpoint after seven years with the company to pursue an opportunity outside of the cybersecurity space. Ashan Willy will work closely with Rémi Thomas over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition.

“Proofpoint is one of the most trusted cybersecurity brands in the industry serving the world’s largest organizations and trusted by nearly 90% of the Fortune 100. Over the years, Proofpoint has pioneered a people-centric approach to critical cyber risk, from ransomware, business email compromise, supply chain and identity threats to data loss across cloud, endpoint, web, and email. Now it is poised to set a new industry standard with its unified platform approach to thwart advanced threats across the most critical stages of the attack chain,” said Ashan Willy. “I am proud and grateful to have had the opportunity to lead such an innovative company focused on real cyber issues and work alongside our world-class team. I leave Proofpoint confident in its direction and mission to be the cybersecurity partner of choice to the most security-conscious organizations globally.”

Rémi Thomas currently leads Proofpoint’s financial organization and has over 30 years of operational experience, having built extensive domain expertise in the technology and software space with both large and smaller organizations.

“Our ongoing focus is to deliver world-class technology through relentless innovation, ensure customer success, and evolve our people-centric solutions to address some of their most challenging market needs,” said Rémi Thomas, Interim CEO. “As a growth-oriented cybersecurity leader, we continue to deliver strong financial results and invest organically and inorganically to serve our customers in this dynamic market.”

Proofpoint recently introduced industry-first innovations that address the top risks organizations face today—from business email compromise, the leading cause of financial loss for organizations, to ransomware and data exfiltration. These new AI- and ML-powered innovations equip security practitioners with unmatched visibility, flexibility, and depth to detect and disrupt sophisticated adversaries across their organizations’ attack surfaces.


About Proofpoint, Inc.

Proofpoint, Inc. is a leading cybersecurity and compliance company that protects organizations’ greatest assets and biggest risks: their people. With an integrated suite of cloud-based solutions, Proofpoint helps companies around the world stop targeted threats, safeguard their data, and make their users more resilient against cyber attacks. Leading organizations of all sizes, including 85 percent of the Fortune 100, rely on Proofpoint for people-centric security and compliance solutions that mitigate their most critical risks across email, the cloud, social media, and the web. More information is available at www.proofpoint.com.

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