Kovacs joins the security industry but choice of AV company may baffle some
He will replace JR Smith, who left the company four months ago for unknown reasons. AVG operating officer John Giammatteo had been guiding the ship since then.
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“With all these people online there is going to be an increasing urgency to secure them.
“I have dedicated my last three years to that pursuit and with AVG building products that simplify and secure users’ digital lives, it is a natural fit.”
Kovacs has previously had senior roles at Sybase, which was acquired by SAP, and Adobe. He also co-founded Zi Corporation, a company specialising in predictive text that was acquired by Nuance in 2009.
He joined Mozilla in November 2010, replacing its second CEO John Lilly.
It was unknown why he wanted to leave the Firefox maker, as announced in April, but it appears he was keen for a fresh challenge.
Some might be baffled by his decision to join an anti-virus seller, however, given the criticism AV products have faced in recent years for failing to pick up on the majority of malware.
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