Email security firm Proofpoint is undergoing a significant workforce reduction, with 280 positions being cut, equivalent to about 6% of its 4,500-strong workforce. The layoffs come just two months into Sumit Dhawan’s tenure as the CEO. Proofpoint, now owned by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, has experienced leadership changes and acquisitions, including the purchase of Tessian and Illusive. The company anticipates a leaner structure and plans to shift half of the eliminated positions to overseas units in Argentina and Ireland by midyear.
This move is deeply rooted in Proofpoint’s forward-looking strategy, aiming for a more streamlined and efficient organization. The layoffs are part of the company’s broader plan, and it expects to maintain a similar headcount to the beginning of the year by the end of 2024. Thoma Bravo acquired Proofpoint in 2021 in a $12.3 billion cash transaction, one of the largest in cybersecurity. The industry has seen other significant layoffs recently, such as Rapid7 and Secureworks, but the move at Proofpoint is seen as part of its strategic realignment rather than a precursor to a sale or public return.
Since being acquired by Thoma Bravo, Proofpoint has undergone leadership changes and acquired several companies to strengthen its position in the market. Despite these efforts, the company faces challenges in balancing growth and profitability. The layoffs are aimed at addressing this challenge, optimizing the company’s structure, and positioning it for future success in a highly competitive cybersecurity market.