SafeNet, Inc., a worldwide leader in data protection, announced today the appointment of Steve Messick to the position of Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Messick will serve as a strategic leader for SafeNet’s global sales, and will serve as an integral part of SafeNet’s senior leadership team.
Messick brings deep expertise in security and information technology, and nearly three decades of sales leadership experience. Prior to joining SafeNet, Messick served as the Chief Sales Officer for Fishnet Security, dramatically accelerating channel opportunities and revenue for the organization. Messick was instrumental during his tenure at Symantec in the transformation and expansion of the business, and has also held top executive positions with Axent and Inktomi, where he provided the strategic direction required to successfully penetrate new markets, develop product strategies, and improve alignments between sales and marketing.
"Steve’s broad IT background, combined with his extensive experience in building and managing global sales teams, makes him the ideal choice to lead this crucial worldwide sales function,” said Chris Fedde, president and chief executive officer, SafeNet. “As a true industry veteran, and a customer-focused sales leader with a proven track record of execution, Steve understands how to leverage SafeNet’s unique capabilities and successfully implement our strategy to take advantage of new market opportunities on a worldwide scale."
In his new role leading SafeNet’s worldwide sales team, Messick replaces Philip Saunders, who has recently been promoted to executive vice president and Chief Revenue Officer. Saunders is now responsible for continuing to drive and expand SafeNet’s success through a holistic revenue strategy that focuses on maximizing the value of the organization with a customer-centric approach. Saunders will take leadership of sales, business development, marketing, product management, customer service, operations and fulfillment. As Chief Revenue Officer, Saunders will be responsible for establishing SafeNet’s long-term strategies for revenue generation as well as ensuring alignment of the organization from strategic planning to customer delivery. Saunders is a SafeNet veteran, and has been with the organization since 1997.
About SafeNet, Inc.
Founded in 1983, SafeNet, Inc. (safenet-inc.com) is one of the largest information security companies in the world, and is trusted to protect the most sensitive data for market-leading organizations around the globe. SafeNet’s data-centric approach focuses on the protection of high value information throughout its lifecycle, from the data center to the cloud. More than 25,000 customers across commercial enterprises and government agencies trust SafeNet to protect and control access to sensitive data, manage risk, ensure compliance, and secure virtual and cloud environments.