Quest Software Names Mike Kohlsdorf as New CEO

Mike Kohlsdorf has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Quest Software

ALISO VIEJO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Mike Kohlsdorf as Chief Executive Officer.

"Since we originally acquired the company as part of the Dell Software Group carve-out, we have been focused on product innovation and helping our customers manage an ever-evolving IT and security landscape. We are excited to welcome Mike to the Quest team as its new CEO to accelerate that momentum and take full advantage of the opportunity ahead of us," said Dipanjan “DJ” Deb, Quest board member and co-founder and CEO of Francisco Partners.

Kohlsdorf, the founder and President of Francisco Partners Consulting, brings more than 30 years of experience as a technology company executive. He has served as an Operating Partner with Francisco Partners since 2011 and has served as CEO of six Francisco Partners portfolio companies with a demonstrated track record of strategic growth and product innovation.

“I am very excited to lead Quest Software as it enters this next chapter of growth. Quest’s products represent several of the world’s leading brands and are used by 130,000 companies and millions of IT professionals worldwide. We remain committed to the company’s continued leadership in its core markets and to providing a robust and diversified portfolio of solutions,” said Kohlsdorf.

About Quest

Quest provides software solutions for the rapidly changing world of enterprise IT that help simplify the challenges caused by data explosion, cloud expansion, hybrid data centers, security threats and regulatory requirements. The company is a global provider to 130,000 companies across 100 countries, including 95% of the Fortune 500 and 90% of the Global 1000. Since 1987, Quest has built a portfolio of solutions which now includes database management, data protection, identity and access management, Microsoft platform management and unified endpoint management. With Quest, organizations spend less time on IT administration and more time on business innovation. For more information, visit


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