Tripwire CEO stepping down

Jim Johnson will leave his post at the end of September after 11 years.

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Jim Johnson will leave his post at the end of September after 11 years.

He made a plea for more education investment to the Oregonian.

Unlike most Oregon tech leaders, Johnson has been consistently engaged in the state’s civic affairs dating to his time at Intel. He’s been an advocate for improved public education, especially in science and technology.

But the results, Johnson said, have been discouraging. When Tripwire hires from out of state, he said, “We encourage them to look very strongly at the private schools.” And efforts to win state funding for a cybersecurity initiative in higher education went for naught.

The cumulative result, Johnson said, is that Oregon lacks a “feeder system” to support the state’s growing high-tech work force. So companies like his have to look elsewhere for skilled workers. Tripwire just expanded an outpost in Atlanta; Johnson said it now employs 50, but could someday have more employees than the Portland headquarters.


Gus Malezis will move from vice president to president for the software security company.

Malezis has been with Tripwire since 2013. He joined the company when Tripwire acquired his previous company nCircle. He has spent 25 years in the tech sector with stints at Merisel, 3Comm and McAfee.

“It’s a great privilege to be asked to lead Tripwire as we continue our strong growth trajectory in the months and years ahead,” Malezis said in a statement. “Jim Johnson has built an excellent team, and I look forward to building on the solid foundation the company has built as well as pushing the pace of innovation even further.”

(SOURCE: Portland Business Journal)

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