WatchGuardWatchGuard Technologies today announced that it has named Prakash Panjwani, formerly of SafeNet, as its new CEO. In addition, Panjwani and current CEO Mike Kohlsdorf will both be joining the company’s Board of Directors.

Panjwani brings with him 12 years of experience at SafeNet. During his time there, he moved from the GM and SVP of the Data Protection sector, to the position of CEO. He also presided over the acquisition of 12 companies, including Cryptocard, and helped the company adapt to emerging sales models.

“2014 was a record year for WatchGuard in terms of growth, product innovation, and industry awards. To keep that momentum going, we’re excited to announce Prakash Panjwani has joined the WatchGuard team as its new CEO,” said Kohlsdorf, an operating partner with Francisco Partners. “Prakash helped SafeNet grow from a small start-up to one of the industry’s leading data security companies. His keen understanding of the security space, combined with his leadership expertise will help ensure WatchGuard continues to deliver powerful security solutions to organizations around the world.”   

Panjwani is expected to start his term as active CEO this May.