Dick Williams, CEO
Dick Williams is president and chief executive officer of Webroot Inc. He brings to the role over four decades of executive and operational leadership experience for technology, software and digital media companies. Most recently Williams served as CEO-in-Residence at venture capital firm Accel Partners, where he worked with the Accel team to identify and analyze new ventures. In that role he also advised and assisted portfolio companies and their CEOs on all aspects of their business.
Dick has worked as CEO or Chairman of several category defining companies funded by some of the most successful venture capital firms in the world. Most recently Dick has been Chairman of Altor Networks, which was acquired by Juniper Networks; and Chairman of Hyperic, a leader in open source systems management software for today's large Web, SaaS, and cloud applications and infrastructures. Hyperic was acquired by SpringSource Global in May 2009. Prior to that, Williams was CEO of Wily Technology, the leader in Web application management, which was acquired by CA (Computer Associates) in 2006. Earlier he was CEO of Illustra Information Technologies, a pioneer of object database technology, which was acquired by Informix in 1996. Dick then co-founded and served as chairman of Quokka Sports, an online immersive sports media company, which completed its initial public offering in 1999.
Williams' executive leadership experience began at IBM, where he spent 22 years in a variety of sales, marketing, product and business management roles, including vice president for the company's Data Systems and General Products divisions. He then served as president and CEO of Digital Research, which he turned around and later sold to Novell. At Novell Williams served as executive vice president of sales and support, and general manager of Novell's Digital Research Systems Group.
Williams is an outside director of 3VR, Cloudera and LogRhythm.