Websense has announced that its senior vice president of product development, John McCormack, is to become the new president of the company.


Chief executive Gene Hodges announced the news at the company's fifth-annual financial analyst day in San Francisco.


Since joining the Websense management team in 2006, McCormack has been responsible for the company's product development and technical support services. He served as senior vice president of product development and reported to Websense chief operating officer and interim CFO Doug Wride since April 2007. With this promotion, McCormack will report directly to Hodges.


Hodges said: “I am confident that John, who has been integral in the success of Websense and other security companies, is ideally suited to accomplish Websense goals moving forward in an exciting time for our company and industry.”


McCormack said: “Now that the successful integration of acquisitions is behind us, our focus is on executing our content-based security strategy, what we call essential information protection. I'm pleased to have the confidence of the board of directors to lead us to the next phase of Websense growth.”