Tech company hires president and CEO


Bekim Protopapa. Courtesy Blue Medora

A tech company in the area has named a new leader.

Grand Rapids Township-based Blue Medora, a provider of enterprise IT monitoring integration solutions, hired Bekim Protopapa as president and CEO, according to the company today.

He will assume day-to-day leadership of the company and also join Blue Medora’s Board of Directors.

“The rate at which the company has expanded is impressive, and its products are delivering real value to customers across a variety of industries,” Protopapa said. “That, coupled with the significant technology partnerships already in place, makes the future look very bright.”

Protopapa has spent 20 years in leadership roles at companies within the systems management, networking and security sectors. He has experience scaling both private and public technology companies, including NetIQ, BladeLogic, Blue Coat Systems, Cymtec and Mimecast.

During his tenure at NetIQ, the company grew from a startup to a public company with a $250-million run rate and made several strategic acquisitions, according to Blue Medora.

Blue Coat Systems went from roughly $100 million in annual revenue to over $400 million annually in under four years, when he was a sales leader in the U.S. and Canada, Blue Medora said.

He is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Nathan Owen, Blue Medora’s co-founder, has stepped down from his role as president and CEO and will continue to serve as chairman of the board. 

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve as the CEO of Blue Medora since founding the company in 2007, and I am incredibly proud of everything our team has accomplished together,” Owen said.

“Blue Medora has trailblazed with the industry’s first monitoring integration as a service platform and has formed strong industry partnerships with monitoring leaders, such as Google, New Relic, VMware and others.”

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