EMC Promotes Thomas Heiser to President of its Security Division, RSA

EMC Corporation has named Tom Heiser, a 26-year veteran of EMC, as president of RSA, its security division. Most recently RSA's COO, Heiser will continue day-to-day leadership of the division while advancing the company's position as a provider of security, compliance and risk management solutions.  Art Coviello will continue to drive RSA's strategic initiatives as executive chairman of RSA and will lead EMC's cloud initiatives as executive vice president of EMC. Heiser will continue to report to Coviello.

Heiser joined EMC in 1984 as a sales trainee and rose to increasingly senior sales and business management positions. During his twenty-plus-year career with the company, he has played a key role in EMC's evolution into a broad-based information infrastructure leader, including being directly involved in the formation of EMC's cloud infrastructure and services division. He also served as EMC's senior vice president of corporate development and new ventures, leading the team responsible for mergers and acquisitions and new business development. Heiser becomes only the fourth person to lead the RSA business since the founding of the original RSA Data Security in 1982.

"In nearly three years since taking a leadership role within RSA, Tom's contributions to the business in sales, marketing and professional services and, more recently as our chief operating officer, have been inspiring," said Coviello. "We ended 2010 with rapid growth, balanced performance across our entire product portfolio and more new opportunities for the business than at any time in recent memory. Tom is a tireless advocate for our customers, and his leadership, energy and commitment to excellence make him the perfect person to lead RSA into the future." 

As executive chairman of RSA, Coviello will continue to drive strategy for the division and be an active and visible presence at RSA and across EMC's businesses. Coviello joined RSA in 1995 as chief operating officer, became president in 1999, then CEO in 2001, and has been a driving force in its rapid growth, increasing revenue from $25 million in 1995 to more than $700 million in 2010. Since the EMC acquisition in 2006, the company has evolved as a leading provider of security, compliance and risk management solutions. 

"These men are exceptional talents in the industry and possess the experience, expertise and character that sets EMC apart both as a technology leader and an employer," said Pat Gelsinger, president and chief operating officer of EMC's information infrastructure products business. "Tom embodies the culture of EMC and his business acumen is first-rate. In selecting Tom, Art couldn't have made a better choice."

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