Cyber security company McAfee has announced that Chief Executive Peter Leav is stepping down, and will be replaced by Greg Johnson, effective June 13, 2022.
Johnson was previously Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intuit. Serving customers such as QuickBooks and Mailchimp, Intuit is a global technology platform that helps customers and communities overcome financial challenges.
At Intuit, Johnson expanded Intuit’s Consumer Group from a singular product into a suite of consumer financial products to help empower millions of households to achieve financial freedom. Prior to Intuit, Johnson built extensive consumer growth experience in leadership roles for iconic brands including Kraft, Kodak, Best Buy, Gillette, and Advanced Auto Parts. Johnson also currently serves on the Board of Directors at Qualcomm.
“Greg brings more than 25 years of consumer business experience at truly innovative, leading brands,” said Bruce Chizen, Chairman of McAfee’s Board of Directors. “Greg holds an impressive track record of cultivating multi-billion-dollar growth strategies for consumer businesses while delivering increasing value to customers. As we continue to build on McAfee’s 30-year history as a global leader in online protection, Greg’s proven expertise makes him the leader of choice to spearhead future growth for the company.”
Providing security solutions to companies worldwide
According to McAfee, Johnson’s appointment comes as part of the company's dive into a pure-play consumer protection company, which began following the divestment of its enterprise security business in 2021.
An online security company, McAfee provides virus alerts and analysis on malware, network security threats, and web vulnerabilities. Security technologies from McAfee use the predictive capability that is powered by McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, which enables home users and businesses to stay one step ahead of the next wave of viruses, malware, and other online threats.
For business, enterprise, and government, McAfee provides comprehensive, integrated information security solutions that cover any environment. Their endpoint and mobile security solutions protect end-user devices from threats, including viruses, phishing, malware, and other threats that target endpoints and users and include antivirus software and web security protection.
“The McAfee brand holds an enviable reputation of trust, quality and innovation and I’m excited to lead the company in its next phase of growth,” said Greg Johnson, incoming President and Chief Executive Officer, McAfee. “The company’s considerable achievements speak for themselves and are a credit to the hard work and commitment of McAfee team members. I’m proud to join McAfee in defending consumers around the world from cyber threats and look forward to leading McAfee at this pivotal time as we accelerate our growth strategy.”
Creating industry leading results
Johnson is replacing Peter Leav, who joined McAfee as CEO in February 2020. Under Leav’s leadership, McAfee completed a US$14bn sale to an investor group led by Advent International, and funds advised by Permira, Crosspoint Capital Partners L.P., Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GIC Private Limited, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.
“Thank you to the McAfee team for your commitment to our customers and partners, your alignment to our values, and the industry leading results you have driven,” said Peter Leav, outgoing President and CEO, McAfee. “I wish Greg and the team even greater success and have the utmost confidence in the future of McAfee.”
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