Avira Appoints Travis Witteveen as CEO
Founder Tjark Auerbach Remains Majority Shareholder
Tettnang, Germany --- June 12, 2013 – Cyber-security expert Avira announced today that Travis Witteveen has been promoted to CEO of the company, effective July 1, 2013. Witteveen, who has been with Avira since 2009, was formerly Chief Operating Officer. Company founder Tjark Auerbach, who started Avira more than 27 years ago in a garage in Germany, will remain the majority shareholder.
Since 1992, Witteveen’s entire career has been in the security software industry. Prior to joining Avira, Witteveen distinguished himself as Senior Vice President of Sales and Global Operations at F-Secure (NASDAQ OMX: FSC1V) and Vice President of Global Sales at AVG Technologies (NYSE: AVG). At both companies, Witteveen was responsible for internationalizing sales and distribution as well as driving global sales growth.
Avira has quietly become one of the largest antivirus software companies in the world with more than 100 million active users and 500 employees worldwide. Avira was recently ranked #1 in technology innovation according to ABI Research; recommended by Consumer Reports for its free antivirus software; cited by OPSWAT as the # 1 fastest-growing antivirus vendor in 2012 and the #2 largest vendor worldwide in 2011; and over the last decade has earned a nearly unbroken string of Virus Bulletin VB100 awards .
“Avira is a healthy growing company, firmly established in the security industry,” said Tjark Auerbach, founder and majority shareholder of Avira. “With Travis, I have found a successor who shares my company vision and has the operational skills and industry connections to take Avira to the next level. He also possesses similar values as I do, and a relentless passion to build and do great things.”
“For the last 27 years Tjark Auerbach has built a top-notch company with great employees, achieving a leadership position in the antivirus industry. I am honored he has chosen me to continue evolving Avira”, said Travis Witteveen. “We have a solid pipeline of innovative technology and solutions, expanding our offering beyond just computers and devices. We have a great team with a strong commitment to the customer. It will be hard work, but we are going to have a lot of fun continuing the growth and success of Avira.”
“In the coming months we will strengthen our leadership in the antivirus industry even more. We will expand our portfolio by providing more security and safety functionality across all our customers’ internet-connected devices, as well as the services and activities they engage in. I’m excited.”
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Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently lead in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a family-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Munich, Bucharest, Beijing, and Silicon Valley. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit www.avira.com.