PE-backed NetMotion Wireless appoints Kenessy as CEO

Clearlake Capital-backed NetMotion Wireless, a provider of mobile performance management and traffic optimization software, has named Christopher Kenessey as CEO. His appointment is effective immediately. Previously, Kenessey was the president of NetMotion. Also, he is the former chief sales and marketing officer of The Foundry.


Seattle, WA – July 12, 2016 – NetMotion Wireless, the leading provider of mobile performance management and traffic optimization software, today announced that its president, Christopher Kenessey, has been appointed CEO, effective immediately. Kenessey succeeds John Ferron, who will remain an active member of NetMotion’s board of directors. Ferron is an Operating Advisor and Executive Council Member of Clearlake Capital Group, which acquired NetMotion through affiliates in September 2012.

Kenessey has extensive experience leading and growing companies into industry leaders, and he has successfully brought multiple products to market through strong collaboration with the engineering, product management, sales and marketing divisions of leading organizations. Previously, Mr. Kenessey was instrumental in leading The Foundry to an exit for $313 million to HgCapital. He also joined Cisco via the acquisition of Tidal Software where he was Vice President of Worldwide Sales and helped grow the organization from $4 million to $53 million.

“Christopher’s demonstrated management of NetMotion as President is a clear sign that he will achieve great results and continued growth for the company as CEO,” said Behdad Eghbali, a founding partner at Clearlake Capital Group. “His leadership combined with the company’s award-winning technology solutions and talented management team will propel the company into its next phase of growth into Enterprise customers.”

“John has been an excellent mentor and I am grateful for his guidance,” said Kenessey. “Our employees are NetMotion’s greatest strength and I’m excited to work with such a talented team. I look forward to leading the company as we continue to enhance our innovative solutions, deepen our customer relationships and further expand our global market reach.”

“It was an honor and a privilege to have led NetMotion as we established ourselves as a technology leader with more than three thousand customers worldwide,” said Ferron. “The company’s growth has accelerated and it is well positioned for continued success. Christopher has been steering day-to-day operations and his contributions have been instrumental in helping NetMotion achieve record-level revenue growth. I am excited for the next chapter in NetMotion’s future with Christopher at the helm.”

About NetMotion Wireless
NetMotion Wireless mobile performance management and traffic optimization software accelerates business-critical applications, hybrid networks and mobile devices. Thousands of enterprises around the world depend on the company’s solutions to deliver application performance management, network optimization, adaptive policy control and secure remote access for their mobile workforces. NetMotion gives IT decision-makers robust intelligence and control over devices, applications and networks to increase operational efficiencies and end-user productivity. NetMotion has received numerous awards for its technology and customer support. The company consistently receives an impressive customer satisfaction Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 91, significantly exceeding NPS averages in the technology and telecom industries. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Visit