Gerhard Watzinger assumed the role of the chairman of the board of CrowdStrike in April 2012. Before CrowdStrike, Watzinger served as the chief strategy officer and executive vice president at McAfee, where he was responsible for guiding McAfee’s global business strategy and development. Watzinger has helped accelerate the international expansion of McAfee and has directed the company through numerous successful mergers and acquisitions, which have resulted in record revenue growth and increased market share. He was also the architect of McAfee’s acquisition by Intel, a $7.7B transaction which was one of the largest deals in the security industry. Watzinger has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.