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Websense Names John McCormack As CEO; Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results

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SAN DIEGO, Jan. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --   Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) today announced that its board of directors has named John McCormack as the company's chief executive officer and as a board member, effective immediately. He succeeds Gene Hodges, who is retiring after serving as both CEO and a board member since January 2006. Websense also announced record fourth quarter billings performance, Charles Boesenberg's appointment to the board of directors, and Russ Dietz as the company's chief technology officer.

"The board and I would like to thank and congratulate Gene for a strong fourth quarter performance and for all that he has accomplished in transforming Websense into a leading content security provider," said John Carrington, chairman of the Websense board of directors. "We wish Gene the best in his retirement, and we are confident that he leaves Websense well-positioned as we continue to extend our technology leadership and achieve corporate objectives."

" John McCormack has taken the lead in the successful execution of our strategic initiatives, enabling us to generate solid fourth quarter billings growth amid the continued expansion of our field sales organization," said Carrington. "As president, he has demonstrated his executive acumen while leading our worldwide sales and sales engineering teams; our marketing, product management, business development and technical support organizations; as well as the Websense ® Security Labs™ and research and development."

Preliminary Fourth Quarter Financial Results

Websense also released its preliminary fourth quarter 2012 results today. The company expects billings to be approximately $122 million, up 5 percent year-over-year, exceeding its guidance range of $112 to $117 million for the fourth quarter. Also for the fourth quarter, Websense expects revenues of $91.5 to $92.0 million, versus guidance of $90 to $92 million.

Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.27 to $0.28, versus guidance of $0.32 to $0.35, primarily reflecting the increased sales commissions incurred with the higher-than-expected billings during the quarter.

The company expects fourth quarter cash flow from operations to be approximately $11 million, versus guidance of $8 to $11 million, also reflecting the higher level of billings.

"With solid sales of our TRITON™ products across all global markets, we were able to achieve billings results above our expectations," said John McCormack, Websense CEO. "I look forward to continuing this momentum as we expand our sales coverage and reach more customers with our innovative content security solutions."

Complete financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2012 will be released after the market close on January 29, 2013.

Charles Boesenberg Appointed to Board of Directors

Websense also announced that Charles Boesenberg was appointed as an independent director, effective today.

"We are pleased to strengthen our board with the addition of Charles Boesenberg, a seasoned board member with more than 30 years of experience in accelerating growth for high-tech companies as both a CEO and an independent director," said Carrington. 

Boesenberg is currently a board member for Boingo Wireless, Callidus Software ®, Keynote ® Systems and Silicon Graphics International Corporation (SGI ®). He has previously served on the boards of Symantec™, Ancestry.com ®, Rackable Systems, Onyx Software Corporation, Macromedia, Maxtor and Interwoven. Boesenberg is the former chief executive officer and chairman of the board of NetIQ ® Corporation; president and CEO of Integrated Systems Inc; and has held senior executive level positions at companies including Magellan Corporation, Central Point Software, Apple ® Inc., Data General and IBM ®.

Boesenberg's memberships on Websense board committees will be determined in the near future.

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