Gerhard Watzinger joined Absolute as a Director in December 2014. He previously served as Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President at McAfee, where he was responsible for guiding McAfee's global business strategy and development. Prior to McAfee, he was Chief Executive Officer of SafeBoot (acquired by McAfee in 2007), a leading enterprise security software vendor for data encryption, user authentication and endpoint security. Under his leadership, Gerhard grew SafeBoot from a small, owner-operated company to an internationally recognized IT security firm with Fortune 500 customers in more than 70 countries. He serves on a number of boards, including Chairman of Crowdstrike, a global provider of security technology and services.