|Philippe F. Courtot|
August 26, 1944 |
|Occupation||Chairman and CEO of Qualys|
Philippe Courtot is a serial entrepreneur and business executive. Courtot is the chairman and CEO of Qualys, NASDAQ: QLYS a cloud security company based in California. He has headed the sales of three companies and led two other to their initial public offerings. Courtot is a five-time CEO that has previously worked with companies such as Signio and Verity. In 2012, Courtot launched the Trustworthy Internet Movement, an initiative to integrate security measures into the product-making process. In 2014, Courtot was included on Business Insider's list of the Most Powerful Person In Tech at Every Age.
Early life and education
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.
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. 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.
In 1988, Courtot started his own company and produced an email product called cc:Mail. He became the company CEO and two years later, Microsoft offered to buy cc:Mail for $12 million. Courtot turned down the offer and sold the company for $55 million in 1991 to Lotus.
After selling cc:Mail, Courtot was later named president and CEO of Verity in 1993, an intellectual capital management and software company. He led the company to its initial public offering in 1995 and then stepped down from his positions at Verity in 1997.
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. In 2000, Courtot led the company through an acquisition by VeriSign, an internet security company that purchased Signio for $1.3 billion.
Courtot had begun investing in Qualys, a cloud security company, back in 1999, but was named CEO in 2001 after he had left Signio. 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. In 2011, SC Magazine named him as CEO of the Year at their European awards ceremony. Courtot led Qualys to its initial public offering in 2012.
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