Rees Johnson is Chief Product Officer (CPO) at Forcepoint. As CPO, Johnson oversees the company’s entire portfolio including leadership of all product development, management and innovation as well as the strategic integration of the overall product and customer experience to empower Forcepoint’s global customers for success.
Johnson plays a critical role as the company continues to build out its Data-first Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solutions that enable enterprises and government agencies to protect the lifeblood of their organization – data – anywhere it is accessed. In addition, he is laser-focused on continuous customer value-creation through the industry’s only data-first SASE offering delivering unified secure access and data protection that spans on-premises, hybrid and cloud.
A security technology veteran, Johnson brings more than 20 years of product leadership in network security, cloud security and SaaS migration strategy to Forcepoint. He has the unique distinction to have served on the leadership team of the three largest information security acquisitions in the market including McAfee by Intel for $7B, Bluecoat by Symantec for $4.6B and Symantec by Broadcom for $10B.
Johnson joined Forcepoint from Symantec, where he was senior vice president of product management for the company’s Enterprise Division. In this role, he led the company’s efforts to move all products to support a full SaaS business model while helping support customer migration to SaaS from traditional on-premises products.
Prior to Symantec, Johnson held senior leadership roles at Intel (formerly McAfee) including senior vice president and general manager of the Content and SaaS Security business as well as senior vice president of McAfee Labs. He has also served as general manager and senior vice president for Network Security at McAfee where he doubled the company’s Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) bookings to achieve number one market share. Additional leadership roles at McAfee include senior vice president of product management for the System Security and Risk Management business units and director of product management for ePO.
Johnson received a Master’s in Business Administration, Finance, Information Systems and Strategic Management from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Utah.