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Qlik Announces CEO Transition

David Murphy Appointed Interim CEO

October 11, 2017

Qlik®, a leader in data analytics, today announced that Lars Björk, CEO, has transitioned his responsibilities to David Murphy as interim CEO. David Murphy is the former President and COO of Blue Coat Systems and a current Qlik Board Member and Thoma Bravo Operating Partner. A search is underway to find a permanent CEO.

David has more than 30 years of success in the software technology industry. As a part of the senior leadership team at Blue Coat Systems, he helped nearly double the revenue and profitability of the business over a three-year period, and successfully repositioned the company as a leading next-generation security vendor. Prior to Blue Coat, David was instrumental in building Mercury Interactive and Tivoli Systems into market leaders. “Having spent my entire career at some of the premier companies within the software industry, I have long admired Qlik’s mission to deliver comprehensive business intelligence solutions across a wide spectrum of analytics use cases,” said Murphy. “I look forward to working with the executive team to facilitate a seamless leadership transition while overseeing the company's ongoing growth.”

On behalf of Qlik’s Board, Seth Boro, a Board Member and Thoma Bravo Managing Partner, said “We thank Lars for his leadership at the company, and wish him the best in his future endeavors. He has been instrumental in building a world-class software business and in developing one of the most unique corporate cultures in the technology space. We are committed to Qlik’s success, and look forward to continuing to deliver unparalleled solutions and support for Qlik’s customers.”

“I have had the great privilege of serving Qlik for over 17 years, and I am proud of the innovative offerings and exponential growth we’ve achieved during my time with the business,” said Björk. “Qlik is a company with a great legacy, mission and culture, and I look forward to watching Qlik continue to evolve as one of the premier software companies in the world.”

About Qlik
Qlik® is the leading data analytics platform and the pioneer of user-driven business intelligence. Its portfolio of cloud-based and on-premise solutions meets customers’ growing needs from reporting and self-service visual analysis to guided, embedded and custom analytics, regardless of where data is located. Customers using Qlik Sense®, QlikView® and Qlik® Cloud, gain meaning out of information from multiple sources, exploring the hidden relationships within data that lead to insights that ignite good ideas. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Qlik does business in more than 100 countries with over 45,000 customers globally.

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