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Name and title: Michael Newman, senior vice president and general counsel Age: 38 Internet guardian: Websense Inc. monitors and protects data flow at more than 50,000 organizations representing more than 42 million employees worldwide. Websense software enforces its clients’ policies regarding where their employees may and may not surf. Additionally, it scans more than 600 million Web sites and 300 million e-mails every week for various forms of Internet fraud and malicious software. The company employs 1,250 people in its San Diego headquarters and overseas. “We have evolved from a Web-filtering company focused on employee productivity into an Internet security company focused on preventing bad things from coming into a company from the Internet,” Newman said. “For corporate networks, basically we keep the bad stuff out and we keep the good stuff in.” Preventing employees from accessing sites where scams and spyware might lurk is one aspect of security. “By the same token, one of the biggest threats to companies is having their confidential data escape from their company over the Internet through spyware or just employee error,” he said. Last year, Websense realized about $212 million in revenue. Legal team and outside counsel: Newman leads an in-house legal team of 11, including seven attorneys. He reports to the company president, Doug Wride. “I used to consider myself a specialist in securities and corporate governance matters,” Newman said, “but over the years I have definitely evolved into more of a generalist. It’s not possible for a specialist to be responsible for all legal areas for a company with more than 1,000 employees and half its business outside of the United States.” That said, “most of our typical legal work is conducted in-house. We only rely on outside counsel for litigation, merger-and-acquisition activity, and certain areas where outside expertise is particularly necessary, such as international markets, employment and [U.S. Security and Exchange Commission] matters.” Among Newman’s outside firms are Cooley Godward Kronish of Palo Alto, Calif., for securities, corporate and intellectual property litigation matters; London firm Herbert Smith and Dublin-based Arthur Cox, respectively, for business in the United Kingdom and Ireland; Baker & McKenzie and DLA Piper for other international matters; Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear of Irvine, Calif., for intellectual property counseling; and Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton of San Diego for employment matters. “Our biggest challenge is keeping up with our expanding organization,” Newman said. “In the past two years, we have transformed from a U.S.-based, single-product company with a single engineering location to a company that has twice the number of employees, with global operations and engineering centers in the [United States], Israel, the United Kingdom, China and Australia, developing multiple product lines.” Daily duties: The biggest legal challenge facing Websense is compliance with overseas employment or product sales rules as a result of its international expansion. “A year ago, we had two employees in China and now we have 100,” Newman said. “Some [overseas operations] are governed by legal systems not rooted in British common law, so we have to keep pace with the business laws where we operate.” In 2007, Websense acquired Surf Control, a competitor based in the United Kingdom. The transaction doubled Websense’s customer base from about 25,000 to about 50,000. While Newman considers the deal a career highlight, it has complicated his typical workday. “The day begins when I wake up, about 6 a.m.,” he said. “I look to see how many time-sensitive matters have arisen because it’s 2 p.m. in the U.K., where our international operations are headquartered. I have a four-hour window ’til 6 p.m. there. My day generally ends at about 6:30 p.m. Pacific time.” With Surf Control in tow, Newman said, Websense wants to rank with Symantec Corp. and McAfee Inc. as a global software security leader. Diversity and pro bono: The legal department lacks a hiring diversity program per se and has not signed the Georgetown University Law Center Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge or the Diversity Call to Action. “I would not say it is particularly important to me to simply have diversity for diversity’s sake,” Newman said. “However, it is important to ensure that you are always hiring the best person for the job. Without making a particular effort for diversity, we have assembled a group where the two highest ranking in-house members of our legal team are both women, and our primary outside corporate counsel is a woman. I believe if you look for talent, you end up hiring the right people, and that will cause you to naturally fall into a diverse team.” Regarding pro bono work, “I am very supportive of any and all outside legal interests that our in-house team has,” Newman said. “Several of our members hold prominent positions within local legal support organizations.” Route to the top: Before joining Websense in 2002, Newman served as senior staff counsel for securities, finance and corporate development at Gateway Inc., the computer manufacturer. He negotiated and closed numerous equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, stock sales and asset-divestiture transactions, in addition to forming strategic alliances with AOL LLC and OfficeMax Inc. Before Gateway, Newman was an attorney at Latham & Watkins and Cooley Godward Kronish. Personal: Born in New York City, Newman received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgetown University in 1991 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1994. Out of the office, Newman likes to play golf and snow ski. He and his wife, Beth, have a 9-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son. Newman has coached his son’s football and soccer teams and is a regular at his daughter’s cheerleading competitions. The family own two dogs and five cats. “We’re always on the lookout for animals in need,” he said. Last book and movie: Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, & Priorities of a Winning Life, by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker, and National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. (Newman said that his children tend to govern his movie choices.)

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