Industry veteran brings deep consumer technology experience to accelerate growth and drive transformation towards an integrated consumer security platform
SAN JOSE, Calif - McAfee Corp. (“McAfee”), a global leader in online protection, today announced that Greg Johnson has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 13, 2022. Johnson succeeds Peter Leav, who will be stepping down as President and CEO.
Johnson’s appointment comes as part of the Company’s transition to a pure-play consumer protection company, which began following the divestment of McAfee’s Enterprise security business in 2021. Under Leav’s leadership, McAfee also recently completed a $14 billion sale to an investor group led by Advent International, and funds advised by Permira, Crosspoint Capital Partners L.P., Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GIC Private Limited, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.
“Greg brings more than 25 years of consumer business experience at truly innovative, leading brands,” said Bruce Chizen, Chairman of McAfee’s Board of Directors. “Greg holds an impressive track record of cultivating multi-billion-dollar growth strategies for consumer businesses while delivering increasing value to customers. As we continue to build on McAfee’s 30-year history as a global leader in online protection, Greg’s proven expertise makes him the leader of choice to spearhead future growth for the company.”
Johnson joins McAfee as a highly regarded consumer technology leader, previously serving as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intuit. At Intuit, he built a world-renowned multi-billion-dollar consumer technology franchise, expanding Intuit’s Consumer Group from a singular product into a suite of consumer financial products to help empower millions of households to achieve financial freedom. Prior to Intuit, Johnson built extensive consumer growth experience in leadership roles for iconic brands including Kraft, Kodak, Best Buy, Gillette, and Advanced Auto Parts. Johnson also currently serves on the Board of Directors at Qualcomm.
“The McAfee brand holds an enviable reputation of trust, quality and innovation and I’m excited to lead the company in its next phase of growth,” said Greg Johnson, incoming President and Chief Executive Officer, McAfee. “The company’s considerable achievements speak for themselves and are a credit to the hard work and commitment of McAfee team members. I’m proud to join McAfee in defending consumers around the world from cyber threats and look forward to leading McAfee at this pivotal time as we accelerate our growth strategy.”
With deep familiarity in various consumer business models, Johnson is positioned to further McAfee’s leadership role in an ever-evolving, complex online world. He is mission-driven, making him well suited to take on the challenge of helping consumers live their lives online freely and confidently with McAfee.
“We’re incredibly excited to have Greg join McAfee at this time and are proud of the momentum we’ve built,” said Chizen. “On behalf of the Board, we’d like to thank Peter for the important role he has played in positioning McAfee for this next stage of growth as a pure-play consumer business.”
“Thank you to the McAfee team for your commitment to our customers and partners, your alignment to our values, and the industry leading results you have driven,” said Peter Leav, outgoing President and CEO, McAfee. “I wish Greg and the team even greater success and have the utmost confidence in the future of McAfee.”