SafeNet Names Michael Branca as Chief Financial Officer
SafeNet, Inc. today announced that Michael Branca has been appointed to the position of chief financial officer  (CFO), effective immediately. In this role, Mr. Branca will be responsible for SafeNet’s global finance functions, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, controllership, treasury, and tax. Mr. Branca will report directly to Dave Hansen, SafeNet’s president and chief executive officer.
SafeNet names Michael Branca as Chief Financial Officer. (Photo: SafeNet)
“Mike’s deep technology background, coupled with his 15-year tenure as both a public and private company CFO, make him an ideal fit for SafeNet,” said Mr. Hansen. “I’ve had the privilege of working with Mike previously and believe that his financial acumen, operational expertise, and strong leadership skills will be instrumental in helping SafeNet continue its transformation and enter its next phase of growth.”
Mr. Branca succeeds Greg Repas, who served as the company’s interim CFO following the departure of Charles Neral in June 2012. Mr. Repas will continue to serve as SafeNet’s vice president and chief accounting officer.
“The security industry is undergoing a dynamic transformation, and I believe that SafeNet’s market-leading data protection and rights management portfolios are well positioned to capitalize on the growth that lies ahead,” said Mr. Branca. “I am excited to join the company, and I look forward to working with Dave and the rest of the executive team as we build upon the company’s solid financial foundation, and develop a strategy that will accelerate and drive the company’s long-term growth.”
Mr. Branca brings more than 30 years of experience in financial, operational, and business management. He joins SafeNet from BMC Software (NASDAQ: BMC ), where he served as vice president, Finance, focusing on integration activity. Prior to BMC Software, he spent nearly six years as vice president and CFO of Numara Software, until the company’s acquisition by BMC Software in January 2012. He has held CFO positions at MTS Medication Technologies Inc., Trak Communications, Inc., and Reptron Electronics Inc. He began his career at IBM (NYSE: IBM ), serving 13 years in various senior financial management positions.
Mr. Branca received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Scranton.
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Founded in 1983, SafeNet, Inc.  is one of the largest information security companies in the world, and is trusted to protect the most sensitive data for market-leading organizations around the globe. SafeNet’s data-centric approach focuses on the protection of high-value information throughout its lifecycle, from the data center to the cloud. More than 25,000 customers across commercial enterprises and government agencies trust SafeNet to protect and control access to sensitive data , manage risk, ensure compliance , and secure virtual and cloud environments .