Duo Security names Welch president and COO

ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor cybersecurity products and services developer Duo Security has named veteran technology industry executive Welch as its president and chief operating officer.

Duo officials said Welch brings more than 25 years of experience to Duo after holding successful senior leadership positions with technology giants such as Zscaler, HP, Symantec, and Oracle.

“Bill is a world-class leader with a proven track record of not only accelerating growth, but more impressively, continuing to deliver growth at scale for a number of highly reputable public and private technology companies throughout his career,” said Dug Song, Duo co-founder and CEO.  “At Duo, we’re on a mission to build an enduring company for our customers. That means we need to operate at the highest levels across all functions globally. As president and COO, Bill will help drive our business to become one of the most reliably growing and efficient software-as-a-service companies in the world.”

Most recently serving as COO for cloud-based network security company Zscaler, Welch led its global sales, channel, operations, customer care, and strategy. Before this, Welch was vice president and general manager for HP Software Americas, responsible for more than $2 billion in sales. Welch also previously served as vice president of sales specialists in the Americas for Symantec, undertaking the integration of emerging technologies into Symantec’s product set and scaling the sales effort for high growth.

“Duo reduces the friction and frustration of securely accessing applications so our customers can focus on doing their jobs,” Welch said. “Uniquely balancing ease-of-use while comprehensively protecting organizations of all sizes, Duo is a change-maker. I am thrilled and humbled to help lead and grow the company that will without a doubt disrupt the security industry as we know it.”

The addition of Welch is the latest in a series of growth milestones for Duo, including a company valuation of more than $1 billion, hitting the 10,000-customer and 100-nation mark, and the appointment of a new chief financial officer, senior vice president of personnel, and chief marketing officer. Duo, founded in Ann Arbor in 2010, has grown from 200 to 650 employees since 2016, and how has offices in San Mateo, Calif., Autin, Texas, London, England, and downtown Detroit.

For more information on Duo, visit www.duo.com/about.

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