October 02, 2006 - 12:00
GFI expands management team - Names its first Chief Financial Officer
London, UK – GFI, a leading provider of network security, content security and messaging software, today announced that its board of directors approved Christopher D. Gale to serve as the company’s first CFO.
Gale, 50, will move over from Clearswift Ltd., a content security software company based in the United Kingdom (UK), where he was the CFO and a member of the board of directors since 2003. During his tenure at Clearswift, Gale was responsible for the finance, legal, information technology, human resources, renewals sales and sales operations functions.
Earlier in his career, Gale spent 12 years with Apple Computer Inc in a variety of senior financial management positions and was also part of the management team at Cooper and Chyan Technology that completed a successful IPO and subsequent trade sale for US$400m to Cadence Design Systems.
Gale has over 20 years' experience in high tech, living and working not only in the UK, but also in Silicon Valley for 10 years and France for four years. He has achieved wide and diverse experience ranging from private to public and start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Gale will be located in GFI’s London office.
"Along with the Board of Directors and the GFI Executive Team, we are very pleased to have Chris join our team," says Curtis H. Staker, Chairman and CEO, GFI. "His breadth of experience and proven leadership in both public and private companies will greatly contribute to GFI’s accelerating success."
Gale said, “GFI is an excellent company that is poised for more success. I am looking forward to working with the company to develop its financial and operational infrastructure to help capitalize on its growth opportunities.“
GFI’s ability to adopt key technologies early on has led it to be a market leader. Today, GFI’s award-winning solutions help its 160,000 small-to-medium and enterprise-level customers maintain robust and secure infrastructures. Earlier this year GFI launched its Global Partner Program, an enhanced channel strategy that enables its partners to better solve the IT issues of the small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) within the global marketplace, providing its partners with services typically only reserved for resellers producing volumes in line with enterprise-level deployments.
GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. With award-winning technology, an aggressive pricing strategy and a strong focus on small-to-medium sized businesses, GFI is able to satisfy the need for business continuity and productivity encountered by organizations on a global scale. GFI has offices in the US, Malta, UK, Hong Kong and Australia which support more than 200,000 installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with over 10,000 partners worldwide. GFI is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. More information about GFI can be found at http://www.gfi.com.