Pasadena Software Company X1 Announces New CEO

Published : Friday, September 21, 2018 | 4:52 AM

Pasadena-based software company X1, whose software locates, analyzes and takes action on data for regulatory, eDiscovery and corporate compliance purposes, has appointed Craig Carpenter as its new CEO.

Carpenter was most recently CEO of Fronteo, a leading cross-border eDiscovery provider serving clients globally.

An announcement by X1 said Carpenter will succeed Tom McGovern, who returns to his COO duties at Idealab now that the CEO search is complete.

The company said over 600,000 users rely on X1 technology, which allows enterprises to search across, monitor, analyze and collect data from thousands of custodians in hours, including laptops and desktops, file shares, cloud applications like Google’s G Suite, social media and the “dark web,” that part of the internet that’s not visible to search engines.

“Craig has a stellar reputation in the industry as someone who has helped Global 1000 corporations and their outside counsel utilize technology to solve many of their biggest problems,” John Patzakis, X1 Executive Chairman, said. “The timing here is perfect, as the challenge of finding, analyzing and acting on relevant information within skyrocketing volumes of unstructured data for regulatory, litigation and corporate compliance purposes has become acute for global corporations and their outside counsel.”

Before Fronteo, Carpenter was SVP of Sales at Kroll Ontrack until its acquisition by The Carlyle Group. Prior to that, he was CMO and COO of AccessData, a leading forensics and cybersecurity technology provider.

Carpenter served as VP of Marketing and Business Development and General Counsel at Recommind (now OpenText), and ran global channel and marketing teams at cybersecurity leaders Fortinet. He began his career as a practicing attorney at Ropers, Majeski, Kohn and Bentley in Silicon Valley servicing multinational technology companies.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead a company with such a strong team and as ideally positioned as X1,” Carpenter said of his appointment. “X1 has been known as a fantastic desktop search tool for 15 years, but this same technology also finds, monitors, analyzes, collects and processes ESI for myriad use cases, including regulatory compliance, litigation, internal investigations, GDPR compliance and defensible data migration or deletion to name just a few.”

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