Simon Hunt has more than 20 years experience in software development, design and consultancy with fortune 500 companies. An accomplished consultant, software architect and designer, his vision and foresight have been the driving forces behind the technical success of the SafeBoot product range (SafeBoot has since been acquired by McAfee to establish McAfee’s Data Protection Business Unit).
Mr. Hunt took the reigns for McAfee’s data protection product range when it was a single user product in its infancy. Through continued feature development, and by working with customers to realize their enterprise requirements, Mr. Hunt took the data protection product range from one of many niche players to the acknowledged leader in its market. Working as Chief Technology Officer in the SafeBoot group since 1997, and now acting as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Data Protection, McAfee, Inc., Mr. Hunt works to steer both the product suite and global consultancy teams.
Before working with SafeBoot, Mr. Hunt worked with other security product vendors such as Mergent International and Utimaco, and also had a significant impact on quality and engineer training at ICL Fujitsu where he was responsible for engineer training and consumer product support.
Mr. Hunt’s exceptional track record of technical improvement is based on his belief in quality and expandability. He is known for his ability to quickly identify customer requirements and translate them into realizable product features which go far beyond “quick fixes.” Mr. Hunt is known for his ability to pre-empt future changes by building in enhancement capability from the beginning.
Mr. Hunt received his B.S. degree from the University of North Wales, Bangor where he studied Marine Biology and Oceanography. He is a qualified BSAC scuba-diving instructor, and a Trustee of his local diving club. Mr. Hunt currently lives in Naples, Florida.
Simon Hunt, market leader, speaker and author in anti-malware, data security, and endpoint encryption.
As a founder and CTO, Simon took SafeBoot corp, a data encryption company to acquisition by McAfee in 2007 for $350,000,000. Since then Simon has held senior leadership roles in both McAfee and Intel, where was CTO Innovation, CTO Endpoint Security, CTO Data Protection, and CTO Home Gateway Security.
Simon was responsible for McAfee’s enterprise endpoint technology where he spent 7 years promoting simplicity, efficiency, and effectiveness of enterprise anti-malware and encryption products, then with Intel where he both founded and lead their smart-home security strategy, resulting in products launched at CES2017.
Simon’s exceptional track record of technical improvement is based on his belief in quality and expandability. He is known for his ability to quickly identify customer requirements and translate them into realizable product features which go far beyond “quick fixes.” Simon is known for his ability to pre-empt future changes by building in enhancement capability from the beginning.
Simon has a track record of “last 80%” product delivery – taking great technology and turning it into scalable, global, and most importantly marketable product. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology/Oceanography from UCNW Bangor.
Simon currently lives with his wife Elle in Naples, Florida.