Technology >> CEO Interviews >> November 2, 2003

F.william Conner – Entrust Inc (entu)

F. WILLIAM CONNER is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Entrust, Inc. Mr. Conner is among the most experienced security and infrastructure executives worldwide, with a career that spans more than 20 years across numerous high-tech industries. As a corporate turnaround and cyber security expert, Mr. Conner has achieved a number of milestones since he joined Entrust as President and CEO in April 2001. He immediately reset the company's priorities, changing the business model by realigning the organizational structure and products to focus on extended governments, and Global 1000 extended enterprises. These moves have helped Entrust regain competitiveness as a world leader in identity and access management solutions. Under Mr. Conner's leadership, the company has delivered more new product, capabilities and solutions than in any period in the company's history, while also creating an industry-leading service and support organization. All of these accomplishments took place as Mr. Conner decreased the company's total expenses by over 55% and returned the company to profitability. In 2003, he received the Corporate CEO Award as part of the annual Tech Titans Award program. Most recently, he has been a leader in the effort to elevate information security to a corporate governance issue and fashion a public-private partnership to protect America's critical infrastructure. He launched and co-chaired the Business Software Alliance Information Security Governance Task Force, which released a security management framework in April 2003. He was a driving force behind the EastWest Institute Worldwide Security Forum, which hosted an international dialogue on these issues in November 2003. And he co- chairs the Department of Homeland Security Corporate Governance Task Force, which held its first meeting at the National Cyber Summit in December 2003. The DHS task force has embraced the information security governance framework released through the BSA. Mr. Conner's work in driving information security governance and other security initiatives within the US federal government, put him in position to be named to the Federal 100 ' a list of the top executives from government, industry and academia who had the greatest impact on the government information systems community in 2003. Before he joined Entrust, he held various senior executive positions at Nortel Networks, including President of Nortel Enterprise Networks and e-Business Solutions. Mr. Conner also served as President of Nortel's first Enterprise Data Networks line of business. In addition, he served as Nortel Networks' first Chief Marketing Officer. He previously served on the Boards of Travelocity, Williams Communications and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Conner graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Profile
TWST: Could we begin with a brief historical sketch of Entrust, Inc.,

and a picture of the company as it is now?

Mr. Conner: The company was spun out from Nortel and went public in