Brightmail, which offers services to fight junk e-mail, named Enrique Salem as president and CEO on Wednesday. A former chief technology officer at security firm Symantec, Salem takes the reins, effective immediately, from Eric Spivey, Brightmail's chairman. Spivey stepped in as interim chief in January when Brightmail's then-CEO Gary Hermansen resigned after nearly two years in the role.
The company provides spam filters to many large Internet service providers, including MSN, EarthLink and AT&T WorldNet. According to the Radicati Group, a small research firm in Palo Alto, Calif., the company serves about 45 percent of the anti-spam filter market, making it the top provider. "As spam becomes an increasingly important security issue for enterprises worldwide, Enrique has the right skills and experience to help Brightmail establish the same leadership position at the enterprise level that we have attained among the world's largest ISPs," said Spivey.