Russian antivirus company Kaspersky Lab, headed by Evgeny Kaspersky, and its subsidiary InfoWatch, managed by his wife Natalya Kaspersky, will split into two separate businesses, Kaspersky Lab said on Thursday.
According to an agreement, Kaspersky Lab will sell its stake in InfoWatch to Natalya Kaspersky. In February the lab bought back all its shares from Natalya Kaspersky so she is no longer a Kaspersky Lab shareholder.
“Natalya and I built an effective business that grew into one of the biggest IT security companies in the world. Today we are moving in different directions and this is the right time to go our separate ways,” Evgeny Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, was quoted in a statement as saying.
InfoWatch was founded in 2003 as a subsidiary company to Kaspersky Lab to develop solutions to prevent confidential information leakage from IT systems.
“Eugene and I have different ideas on business development and I no longer see a role for myself in the company. I’m planning to further develop InfoWatch and to maintain good relations with the management and employees of Kaspersky Lab,” Natalya Kaspersky said.