Titus appoints company veteran Jim Barkdoll as CEO

Titus, a leading provider of data protection solutions, today announced that Jim Barkdoll has been promoted to the role of CEO. Tim Upton, one of Titus’ co-founders and the company’s chief executive for the past 12 years, will transition to the role of strategic advisor and remain on Titus’ board of directors.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with the Titus team and board of directors to push the boundaries of innovation in the data protection and security market,” said Jim Barkdoll. “Titus will continue to provide our customers with the technology they need for regulatory compliance, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and to enable secure collaboration with flexible, best-in-class solutions, and an unmatched commitment to customer success.”

“I am proud of what the Titus team has accomplished together over the past 12 years,” said Tim Upton. “We have always focused on bringing in the right people to help support our team, our culture, and deliver on our promise to our customers. CEO succession planning has long been part of this plan and I’m excited to see the company positioned for the next level of growth under Jim’s leadership.”

About Jim Barkdoll

Jim Barkdoll most recently served as Titus’ Chief Revenue Officer. Since 2014, he has led the global sales operations, marketing, and customer support teams as the customer base has expanded across geographies, industries and customer channels. Prior to joining Titus, Jim held senior leadership roles for 20 years at Toushay Inc., BlueCat Networks, and Quest Software.

Jim Barkdoll

“The board would like to thank Tim for his leadership of Titus,” said Viral Patel, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and a member of Titus’ Board of Directors. “Under his guidance, the company has secured a leadership position in a rapidly growing market and built the foundation for the customer-centric product and culture that propels Titus today. Guided by Jim’s operational expertise and industry insight, Titus is well positioned to continue its growth to help customers address evolving compliance and regulatory needs.”

From start up to industry leader and data protection innovator

Titus’ journey began in 1994 when Tim Upton and his wife, Beryle Girard, started a security technology consulting company in the basement of their home. Today, over 1,000 customers and millions of users trust Titus to protect their data on the desktop, on mobile devices, and in the cloud.

Titus provides flexible software solutions that enables organizations to address compliance regulations, standards, and frameworks such as the EU’s GDPR, ISO/IEC 27001:2013, UK Government Security Classifications policy, NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Protection of Personal Information, Export Control, and many more.

As a flexible platform, Titus also supports:

  • Intelligent machine learning: Based on user behaviour, Titus’ machine learning capability recognizes sensitive data before it leaks. This helps users consistently apply the right level protection at the right place and at the right time while they’re working.
  • Secure communication and collaboration: Titus prompts the consistent application of rights management and encryption technologies based on content, context, and classification. This allows organizations to protect and monitor information wherever it goes so it safely arrives in the right hands at its destination.
  • The identification of sensitive information: Titus provides precise identification of Intellectual Property, Personally Identifiable Information, Payment Card Industry numbers, and other sensitive information, which increases the effectiveness of other information security systems. Titus’ data identification capabilities also apply retention codes to files that can be leveraged for compliant records management and data deletion.

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Titus, a Fortra Company, is a leader in providing solutions that enable businesses to accelerate their data protection strategy. The company’s products enable organizations to discover, classify, protect, analyze, and share information. With an open, intelligent policy manager, Titus customers can address regulatory compliance initiatives and get more out of their existing security investments. Millions of users in over 120 countries trust Titus to keep their data compliant and secure. Learn more at

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