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April 28, 2020 | ChannelPro

Quest Software Appoints Patrick Nichols as New CEO

Seasoned Executive Brings Customer-First Culture to Drive the Next Chapter of Success for the Company

April 28, 2020 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

ALISO VIEJO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, today announced it has appointed Patrick Nichols as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. A software technology veteran with over 20 years of strategy and business development experience, Nichols will lead Quest through the company’s next phase of growth. Former Quest CEO, Mike Kohlsdorf, who preceded Nichols, will transition to his primary role as President of Francisco Partners Consulting.

“Patrick’s clear vision for customer engagement, employee success and product innovation will not only enrich the Quest experience but allow us to adopt new and best practices as needed during an uncharted period in our global history.”

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“Quest is poised for exciting growth in all areas of the business, including its vast solutions portfolio,” said Kohlsdorf. “Patrick’s clear vision for customer engagement, employee success and product innovation will not only enrich the Quest experience but allow us to adopt new and best practices as needed during an uncharted period in our global history.”

Prior to joining Quest, Patrick was CEO at Corel Corporation, where he cultivated a results-driven culture and delivered a strong product suite focused on design, collaboration, and knowledge worker software for 100 million customers. Under Patrick’s leadership, Corel dramatically improved its growth rate with a successful shift in business focus that resulted in increasing recurring revenue and enhanced profitability. Additionally, Patrick was responsible for numerous successful acquisitions that strengthened Corel’s portfolio offerings to address customers’ emerging business challenges. Prior to Corel, Patrick held executive leadership, product management and technical consulting roles across several market-leading enterprise software businesses.

“Industries worldwide are working under unique challenges right now while at the same time discovering new opportunities to create, plan and care for their stakeholders,” said Nichols. “We are no exception and I am excited to lead Quest in continuing to evolve its incredible solutions portfolio and increase the pace of our mergers and acquisitions to deliver the most advanced technology in IT management. I am committed to the success of our customers, empowering our employees and enabling our partners in order to strategically lead us into our next great chapter.”

“It’s an opportune time to capitalize on the strong momentum Quest has built,” said Brian Decker, Partner at Francisco Partners. “The future is bright for Quest and we’re excited to be on this journey together under Patrick’s leadership.”

About Quest

Quest provides software solutions for the rapidly changing world of enterprise IT that help simplify the challenges caused by data explosion, cloud expansion, hybrid data centers, security threats and regulatory requirements. The company is a global provider to 130,000 companies across 100 countries, including 95% of the Fortune 500 and 90% of the Global 1000. Since 1987, Quest has built a portfolio of solutions which now includes database management, data protection, identity and access management, Microsoft platform management and unified endpoint management. With Quest, organizations spend less time on IT administration and more time on business innovation. For more information, visit


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