CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, VISIER
John G. Schwarz has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2011 and the Chairman since 2014. He is currently the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Visier Inc., a business analytics software firm. Previously he served on the executive board of SAP AG from 2008 to 2010, and as a Chief Executive Officer of Business Objects S.A. from 2005 through its acquisition by SAP in 2008. Mr. Schwarz has also served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Symantec Corporation from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Schwarz previously worked 25 years at IBM Corporation, ultimately as the General Manager of IBM's Industry Solutions division. Mr. Schwarz has served as a director at Synopsys Corporation since 2007, and at Teradata Corporation since 2010. Mr Schwarz hold degrees from the Canadian universities of Manitoba, Toronto and Dalhousie.
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Erwin Gunst joined the Board of Avast in October 2012. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Gunst served as COO and a member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, where he was responsible for global operations, information technology, human resources, and the management of all SAP Labs worldwide. Mr. Gunst started his career in audit, finance and controlling. He was SAP’s Managing Director in various countries and was its Regional President for EMEA before joining the SAP Board. Mr. Gunst holds a M.S. degree in Commercial Engineering from the Free University (Solvay) in Brussels, Belgium.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Belinda Richards joined the Avast Board in June 2018. Her background includes a 30-year career in Finance, M&A, and strategy development and implementation. Previously, Ms. Richards served as a Senior Corporate Finance Partner at Deloitte LLP where she held the position of Global Head of Deloitte’s Merger Integration and Separation Advisory Services business. Currently, Ms. Richards also sits on the Boards of WM Morrison Supermarkets plc, Phoenix Group Holdings plc, The Monks Investment Trust PLC and Schroder Japan Growth Fund plc. She is a member of FRC’s Advisory Group of Audit Committee Chairmen and a member of the Governing Council of CSFI, a not-for-profit think tank based in London. She has a first class honours degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a PhD from University College, London.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Ulf Claesson joined the Board of Avast in October 2012. In 2009, Mr. Claesson became a Partner at BLR & Partners AG, a private equity and advisory firm located in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and built a dozen technology companies to-date, most of which have been acquired by larger enterprises including Hewlett Packard, ESRI and Husqvarna. From 2002 to 2006, he was Co-Founder and Chairman of Silverwire Group; subsequently, on its acquisition by Hewlett-Packard Company, Mr. Claesson built up and ran one of HP’s product divisions from 2006 to 2009. Earlier in his career he held corporate executive positions at IBM, responsible for developing IBM’s European CAD/CAM/CAE business, and thereafter for building IBMs OEM business in Europe and later worldwide. Mr. Claesson serves as a member of the board of the Swiss Federal Commission for Technology and Innovation, and teaches Technology Entrepreneurship at ETH, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He holds an M.Sc. from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Ms. Maggie Chan Jones is a widely recognized industry thought leader in marketing and technology. Named one of the world’s most influential CMOs by Forbes, Ms. Chan Jones broke new ground as the first woman to be appointed Chief Marketing Officer at the world’s largest enterprise application software provider SAP. She specializes in brand and cloud transformation and has been instrumental in this role during her tenure at Level 3 Communications (now CenturyLink) and Microsoft. As an Asian-American woman, Ms. Chan Jones recognizes the barriers facing women in today’s corporate culture. Determined to change this, she founded and currently is CEO of Tenshey, a leadership development startup with a mission to advance gender diversity through executive coaching.
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Warren Finegold joined the Board of Avast in February 2015. He was a member of the Vodafone Group Executive Committee for 10 years, serving principally as Group Strategy and Business Development Director. Previously, he was a Managing Director of UBS Investment Bank, where he held a number of senior positions, most recently as Head of the Technology Team in Europe. Mr. Finegold is an independent non-executive Director OF Inmarsat PLC. He holds a M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from London Business School.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Ms. Tamara Minick-Scokalo is an experienced Non-Executive Director Board member with a career spanning over 30 years specializing in Fast Moving Consumer Goods and international markets. Most recently at Pearson plc in London, as President, Growth Markets and a member of the Executive Committee for top 20 emerging markets, she directed acquisitions and developed businesses in Brazil, China, India, and South Africa. She also co-founded high tech unicorn Trax Retail and was CEO, then Chairman of this fast growing, image recognition tool for shelf management, the leader in its category. Ms. Minick-Scokalo led significant change management, as President Chocolate Europe with the integration of the Kraft/Cadbury business, and also as Cadbury President Global Commercial in moving to a category-led, scaled innovation organization with award winning marketing in a digital age. Her deep experience in consumer brands includes positions at Elizabeth Arden, Proctor & Gamble, E & J Gallo Winery Europe and Coca Cola.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Steckler has served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Avast since January 2009. Through his leadership and business strategies, Mr. Steckler grew billings 35X, reaching $811M in 2017, and has developed an executive leadership team that has consistently delivered industry leading profits to the bottom line. Prior to joining Avast, Mr. Steckler was the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Consumer Sales at Symantec Corporation, where he was in charge of worldwide multi-channel consumer sales valued at $2.0 billion. Mr. Steckler also served over two years as Symantec’s Vice President for Asia Pacific and Japan and was responsible for all enterprise and consumer business in that region. Prior to joining Symantec, Mr. Steckler had 20 years of experience in software development, systems analysis and engineering, and business development. Mr. Steckler holds two B.S. degrees from the University of California, Irvine, one in Mathematics and the other in Information and Computer Science.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Phil Marshall joined Avast in 2018, bringing a wealth of global experience, having successfully led finance groups in a variety of public and private companies. Before Avast, Mr. Marshall served as CFO for Exova Group PLC, CFO for Wood Mackenzie, CEO of the $2B General Electric Consumer & Industrial Solutions group for the EMEA region, and various other positions throughout his seventeen-year career at GE. He has also served on the boards of several companies. Mr. Marshall holds a BA in Accounting Studies from the University of West London.
Ondrej Vlcek serves as President for the Consumer business leading the largest business at Avast. He was part of the executive team that took the company public on the London Stock Exchange in May 2018, and also led the successful integration of the consumer business after the acquisition of AVG in 2016. As the leader of the Consumer business, he has created dramatic growth through strategy and vision, re-inventing how Avast protects people online. In his prior role as CTO, Mr. Vlcek architected Avast’s cloud-based security network for the newly announced IoT security solutions and led a technology transformation of Avast from a traditional PC antivirus vendor into the leading global AI driven provider of security solutions it is today. Mr. Vlcek started at Avast in 1995 as a developer and through his ingenuity and passion, has risen through the organization making a significant impact on the company’s results. He holds an MS in Mathematics from Czech Technical University in Prague.
Eduard Kučera, one of our co-founders, served as our Chairman of the Board from the incorporation of AVAST Software a.s. in 2006 until 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Kučera was responsible for the activities of our predecessor entity, ALWIL Software partnership. He also served as our CEO, directing day-to-day operations that included the transition to a free software distribution model in 2002. Before co-founding Avast, Mr. Kučera was a computer hardware specialist at the Czech Computer Research Institute (VUMS). In 2009, Mr. Kučera was named Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year" for the Czech Republic. Mr. Kučera holds a Doctorate of Natural Sciences degree in experimental physics from Charles University in Prague.
Pavel Baudiš is one of our co-founders and served as one of our Directors from the incorporation of Avast Software a.s. in 2006 until 2014. In 1988, Mr. Baudiš wrote the original software program from which our current portfolio of security solutions has developed. Since 1991, Mr. Baudiš has played a leading role in the development of our business with our predecessor entity, ALWIL Software partnership. Prior to co-founding Avast, Mr. Baudiš was a graphics specialist at the Czech Computer Research Institute (VUMS). Mr. Baudiš holds an MS in Information Technology from the Prague School of Chemical Engineering.
MANAGING PARTNER, CVC CAPITAL PARTNERS
Lorne Somerville, Managing Partner, joined CVC in 2008. Lorne is Co-Head of the Strategic Opportunities Fund. He is based in London. Prior to joining CVC, he worked for UBS where he was Joint Global Head of Telecommunications and Head of the European Communications Group, and Swisscom AG as Head of Swisscom International. Lorne holds an MA in Computer Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from IMD, Lausanne.