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Former Google executive named CEO of Palo Alto Networks

Nikesh Arora

Nikesh Arora. Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi/Getty Images

Nikesh Arora, a former head of Google's business who also did a high-profile two-year stint as number two at Softbank, is taking over as CEO of cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks. Recode first reported the news.

Why it matters: The company has been unveiling a new platform intended to support an ecosystem of security vendors and integrate their products. Arora is a tech veteran with no background in Palo Alto's specialty. His predecessor, Mark McLaughlin, will stay on as the company's vice chairman.