Christopher D. Young

Christopher D. Young


Christopher Young (@youngdchris) is CEO of McAfee, LLC. His company protects the cloud and smart, connected computing devices worldwide. Under his leadership 7,600 cybersecurity professionals deliver solutions and services for faster, better threat detection and response. McAfee generates annual revenue exceeding $2 billion.

Young directs global strategy and product innovation for enterprise, consumer, and government customers. The organization also executes the world's most advanced malware research and curates an unrivaled repository of threat intelligence. Nine of 10 of Fortune 100 firms and two-thirds of the Global 2000 rely on McAfee technology to protect mission-critical digital systems and data, even as 273 million consumers use McAfee products to keep their families safe online.

On April 3, 2017, TPG assumed majority ownership of McAfee as it once more became an independent company (Intel acquired McAfee in 2011 and retains a minority interest in McAfee). It is now one of the largest, pure-play cybersecurity brands in the world. Young led the initiative to create an independent McAfee and rallies his organization around a clear sense of purpose—to make the world a safer place. Because no one person, product, or organization can fight cybercrime alone, McAfee believes there's power in working together. McAfee's vision is to make cybersecurity so consistent, reliable, and effective that it becomes a trusted foundation in our lives—like clean air and water.

Young is a recognized and respected voice in cybersecurity, whether mapping out the challenges of doing business in today's dynamic cyber landscape, or anticipating a future in which platforms are defined by machine-to-machine communications. Media frequently rely on his insights and he appears regularly at industry events, including the RSA Conference. In 2016 President Barack Obama appointed Young to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).

Before joining Intel, Young led cybersecurity efforts at Cisco, VMware, and EMC. He serves on the board of directors of Snap Inc.

Young earned his bachelor's degree cum laude from Princeton University, and an MBA degree with distinction from the Harvard Business School.