Tom HeiserPresident, RSA, The Security Division of EMC
Tom Heiser is President of RSA, The Security Division of EMC, a position he has held since February 2011. He reports to Art Coviello, Executive Vice President, EMC Corporation and Executive Chairman, RSA, and to Pat Gelsinger, President and Chief Operating Officer, EMC Information Infrastructure Products. With 3,000 employees worldwide, more than 30,000 customers, and more than 25 years in the industry, RSA is the acknowledged leader in information security and a vital component of EMC’s strategy to help customers store, manage, protect, and analyze their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.
In his role as President, Heiser oversees all aspects of RSA’s business operations, including worldwide sales and services, channel strategy, product development, marketing, strategic business and financial initiatives, IT, and technical support. He joined RSA in July 2008 as Senior Vice President of Global Customer Operations and was promoted to COO in April 2010.
Prior to that, Heiser helped form EMC’s Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division and was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Centera Business Unit, launching a new storage category and making Centera one of EMC’s fastest-growing product lines. He also served as EMC’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and New Ventures, leading the team responsible for mergers and acquisitions, including the acquisition of RSA in 2006. Earlier in his career he served as the product manager for EMC’s first storage system, Orion, predecessor of the company’s industry-leading Symmetrix systems.
Heiser joined EMC upon college graduation in 1984, in the company’s first sales-training class. Later that year, he opened EMC’s first sales office in New York. In 1996, despite EMC’s predominately direct sales model, Heiser established the company’s first significant channel sales effort. Over the five years he ran the channel organization, sales grew from $8 million to more than $2 billion globally and the EMC partner network expanded to include resellers, VARs, ISVs, OEMs, and system integrators worldwide
As EMC’s fourteenth employee, Heiser is passionate about perpetuating the company’s history and culture with employees. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting information systems from the University of Massachusetts.