Philippe Courtot

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Philippe F. Courtot
Born (1944-08-26) August 26, 1944 (age 70)
Nationality French, American
Occupation Chairman and CEO of Qualys

Philippe Courtot is a serial entrepreneur and business executive.[1] Courtot is the chairman and CEO of Qualys, NASDAQQLYS a cloud security company based in California.[2] He has headed the sales of three companies and led two other to their initial public offerings.[3] Courtot is a five-time CEO that has previously worked with companies such as Signio and Verity.[4] In 2012, Courtot launched the Trustworthy Internet Movement, an initiative to integrate security measures into the product-making process.[5] In 2014, Courtot was included on Business Insider's list of the Most Powerful Person In Tech at Every Age.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Philippe Courtot was born in France in 1944 during the end of the WWII German occupation. His mother, an immigrant from Spain, was a Spanish teacher while his father was a lawyer. Courtot was raised Catholic and attended Jesuit schools in his youth.[7]

Courtot attended the University of Paris and earned a Master's Degree in Physics before immigrating to the United States in 1981.[8]


Courtot was previously the president and CEO of Thompson-CGR Medical Corporation, which at the time was an affiliate of one of the world's largest medical-imaging companies.[9] In 1987, Courtot won the Benjamin Franklin Award[disambiguation needed] for his efforts in creating a nationwide campaign advocating for awareness of the benefits of early detection of breast cancer through mammography.[9]

In 1988, Courtot started his own company and produced an email product called cc:Mail.[10] He became the company CEO and two years later, Microsoft offered to buy cc:Mail for $12 million.[10] Courtot turned down the offer and sold the company for $55 million in 1991 to Lotus.[3]

After selling cc:Mail, Courtot was later named president and CEO of Verity in 1993, an intellectual capital management and software company.[11][12] He led the company to its initial public offering in 1995 and then stepped down from his positions at Verity in 1997.[11]

Courtot was appointed chairman and CEO of Signio, an electronic payment company that Courtot re-positioned to be a large secure payment provider in the e-commerce industry in 1999.[13][14][15] In 2000, Courtot led the company through an acquisition by VeriSign, an internet security company that purchased Signio for $1.3 billion.[3][13][16]

Courtot had begun investing in Qualys, a cloud security company, back in 1999, but was named CEO in 2001 after he had left Signio.[4][17] In 2004, SC Magazine awarded Courtot with the Editor's Award for his efforts in the network security industry and for founding CSO Interchange, a forum that allows users to share information in the security industry.[18][19] In 2011, SC Magazine named him as CEO of the Year at their European awards ceremony.[20] Courtot led Qualys to its initial public offering in 2012.[1][21]

Other activities[edit]

Courtot has volunteered with and served on the Board of Trustees for The Internet Society, an international non-profit organization.[22][23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Eric Basu (28 September 2012). "Is Qualys overpriced at $400M+, or is it subject to "Facebook Syndrome"?". Forbes. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Julie Bort (25 February 2013). "Qualys CEO: I Chose Not To Be A Billionaire". Business Insider. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Eric Lai (30 October 2008). "Too old for tech? Not these Silicon Valley CEOs". Computer World. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Meghan Kelly (1 March 2012). "Qualys CEO creates security non-profit to fix the Internet". VentureBeat. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Borison, Rebecca; Kosoff, Maya (18 September 2014). "The Most Powerful Person In Tech At Every Age". Business Insider. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Serial Entrepreneur: Philippe Courtot (Part 1)". Sramanamitra. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Big Data: Big Threat or Big Opportunity for Security?". RSA Conference. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Philippe Courtot: Champion Of Mammography". Saturday Evening Post (Ipswich, MA). May 1987. 
  10. ^ a b Nicole Perlroth (17 November 2013). "Start-Up Leaders Recall Choice to Cash In or Stay Independent". New York Times. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "International Directory of Company Histories- Verity Inc. History". Funding Universe. 2005. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Verity Inc. Decides to Meet Its Destiny". Washington Technology. 13 July 1995. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "The end is nigh". BQ Magazine. 24 Apr 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Jim Martin (25 October 1999). "Signio Expands Internet Payment Processing to AS/400 Market". Enterprise Systems Journal. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Qualys Inc (QLYS.OQ)". Reuters. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Clint Boulton (20 December 1999). "VeriSign Secures Signio, Thawte Consulting". Internet News. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Steve Johnson (17 August 2013). "Qualys CEO Philippe Courtot talks cloud security". Mercury News. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Management". Qualys. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  19. ^ Illena Armstrong (8 March 2013). "Sponsored video: Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys, at RSA Conference 2013". SC Magazine. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Philippe Courtot". RSA Conference. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  21. ^ Julie Bort (28 June 2014). "Another 60+ Year-Old Tech CEO Changes His Mind And Won't Retire". Business Insider. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  22. ^ Julie Bort (7 March 2012). "This CEO Just Spent A Half Million Of His Own Money To Make The Internet Safer". Business Insider. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Board of Directors". StopBadware. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 

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