Merage School Announces Cylance Founder and CEO Stuart McClure as 2019 Distinguished Executive Commencement Speaker

Irvine, CA - The 2019 Distinguished Executive Commencement Speaker for the UCI Paul Merage School of Business commencement ceremony will be Cylance founder and CEO Stuart McClure. The ceremony, slated for Monday, June 17 at 9:30 a.m., will be held at the Bren Events Center on the UC Irvine campus.  Reza Sabahi, FEMBA ’09, a managing director at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, will serve as Distinguished Alumnus Mace Marshal.

McClure is a top expert in the computer security industry and has spent 25 years leading computer security operations for major companies, including McAfee/Intel Security and Kaiser Permanente, before he started Cylance.

“I am humbled by the honor of share insights from my experiences in the business world with the graduates from the UCI Paul Merage School of Business,” said McClure. “The business world is evolving incredibly fast — something I’ve seen firsthand in the computer security industry. Agile leaders are needed to guide and launch the companies of tomorrow, leaders who can capitalize on new opportunities and anticipate digital disruption. Those who graduate from the Merage School are prepared to do exactly that.”

“We are honored to have Stuart McClure as our commencement speaker, and I know our graduates will glean significant insights from his leadership in digital innovation,” said Eric Spangenberg, dean of the Merage School. “This is also a special year for us because for the first time we will welcome graduates from the first graduating classes 50 years ago to join us on stage. During commencement, leaders of today will pass the torch to leaders of tomorrow, the innovators and disruptors graduating from the Paul Merage School of Business.”

More than 850 graduates will participate in the Merage School’s 2019 commencement ceremony, including Masters (MBA, Finance, Business Analytics and Professional Accountancy), Undergraduate and PhD programs. More information about the 2019 Commencement Ceremony can be found at

About Stuart McClure

Stuart McClure leads Cylance as its CEO and visionary for a new approach to threat detection, protection, and response. His leadership sets the strategic direction, operational execution, and fiscal investments of the company. McClure is one of the leading experts and practical thinkers in the computer security industry today. With a highly regarded 25-year history in the security industry, McClure has led some of the most notable companies in the space.

Prior to Cylance, McClure was EVP, Global CTO and General Manager of the Security Management Business Unit for McAfee/Intel Security where he was responsible for a $3 billion consumer and corporate security products business. During his tenure at McAfee, McClure established an elite team of security researchers called TRACE, which frequently discovered zero-day vulnerabilities and emerging threats in embedded and critical infrastructure. Before McAfee, McClure formalized the cybersecurity program at Kaiser Permanente, a $34 billion healthcare company.

In 1999, McClure launched Foundstone, Inc., a global consulting and products company, which was acquired by McAfee in 2004. McClure is the creator and lead-author of the most successful security book of all time, Hacking Exposed. He is widely recognized for his extensive and in-depth knowledge of security, and is one of the industry’s leading authorities in information security today. McClure earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. He also holds numerous IT and security certifications.

About The Paul Merage School of Business

The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine offers four dynamic MBA programs – plus PhD, specialty masters and undergraduate business degrees – that prepare business leaders for our digitally driven world. Through our programs, students acquire the exceptional ability to grow their organizations through strategic innovation, analytical decision-making, digital information technology and collaborative execution. While the Merage School is relatively young, it has quickly grown to rank consistently among the top five percent of all business programs worldwide through exceptional student recruitment, world-class faculty, a strong alumni network and close relationships with both individual business executives and global corporations. Additional information is available at



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