Mike Bennett is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Idera. Mike is a 30-year veteran in the network and systems management industry with expertise in accelerating growth in early stage and public technology businesses, and building organizations that distinguish themselves in tough, competitive environments.
A seven-time CEO, Mike most recently served as President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of SolarWinds, a developer and marketer of network, applications, virtualization and storage management software. As CEO, Mike took SolarWinds public in 2009 and the company quickly achieved over $2 billion dollar market cap under his leadership. SWI continues to be one of the most successful IPOs since 2009 based upon the 'SolarWinds Model,' which was pioneered under his leadership, and has led to the rapid consumerization of IT across the software industry.
Prior to joining SolarWinds in September 2006, Mike served as President and CEO of Permeo Technologies Inc., a leading provider of on-demand information security solutions, from March 2004 until its acquisition by Blue Coat Systems in April 2006. He previously served as CEO of Mission Critical Software where he led the company through its IPO in 1999 and subsequent merger with NetIQ Corporation. Mike also co-founded AlterPoint in 2001, a leading provider of intelligent network change and configuration management solutions.
Prior to Mission Critical Software, Mike served as President and CEO of Learmonth & Burchett Management Systems (LBMS), Summagraphics, PTXI and Interlan and held executive positions with industry leading computer companies including Dell Computer Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. He is a two-time recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000 and 2010.
SolarWinds is a leading provider of Windows-based network management, network monitoring and network discovery software. More than 40,000 customers spanning the military, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and education institutions have chosen SolarWinds to reduce network downtime, manage network compliance and change and improve staff efficiency. SolarWinds has developed and brought to market award-winning solutions that address the needs of network engineers from performance management to fault monitoring to configuration management.