Law School/Year: Harvard Law School, 1994
College/Year: Georgetown University, 1991
Commercial, Corporate Business, Intellectual Property, International, Labor
During the past few years, Websense transformed itself from a U.S.-based, single product company with a single engineering location into a company with nearly triple the number of employees, global operations and diverse engineering centers in the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom and China, developing multiple product lines. As part of this transition, Websense acquired UK-based SurfControl, one of its primary Web filtering, e-mail filtering and SaaS competitors, for $400 million, and Israeli-based PortAuthority Technologies, with its market-leading technology for data loss prevention software, for $90 million. Websense is now a global leader in unified Web, data and e-mail content security solutions, delivering the best security for modern threats at the lowest total cost of ownership to approximately 40,000 organizations around the world.
Newman is currently senior vice president and general counsel for Websense, leading a 14-person, in-house legal team (seven of whom are attorneys) to provide legal guidance for Websense’s worldwide operations, including commercial contracts and licensing, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, securities and finance, employment and litigation. Prior to Websense, Newman was employed by Gateway Inc., where he managed numerous equity investment, merger and acquisition, stock sale and asset divestiture transactions. Earlier, he was an attorney with the San Diego offices of Cooley Godward and Latham & Watkins, working with numerous local technology and emerging growth companies.
Newman was born in New York City and spent most of his childhood in New Jersey. He and his wife, Beth, moved from the East Coast to San Diego in 1994 when they graduated together from Harvard Law School, which is also where they met. They currently live in Rancho Santa Fe with their 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son, with most of their spare time devoted to volunteer work in education, animal care and their children’s activities.