* CEO: sees small- and mid-sized technology firms as targets
* CEO: McAfee is not for sale
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TOKYO Feb 26 U.S. security software maker McAfee
Inc MFE.N plans to acquire three to four companies every year
to help drive its growth, Chief Executive David DeWalt said.
"We've been very constantly acquiring companies the last few
years. We'll continue to do that. We see small- and medium-sized
acquisitions as the perfect scenario for us," DeWalt told Reuters
Television in an interview on Friday in Tokyo.
"Not risky acquisitions. Technology-oriented acquisitions all
over the world," he said.
DeWalt has led the company, which competes with Symantec Corp
(SYMC.O), through double-digit sales growth in recent years, and
is viewed as a savvy dealmaker.
McAfee's biggest acquisition to date was its purchase in 2008
of Internet security company Secure Computing for $465 million.
DeWalt reiterated that he had no intention of putting his own
company on the block.
Analysts have said McAfee would make a prime takeover target
for technology industry giants such as Hewlett-Packard (HPQ.N)
and IBM (IBM.N), which are aiming to package software, services
and hardware for their corporate clients.
"We are not for sale. There's nothing material to announce,"
(Reporting by Dan Sloan and Kiyoshi Takenaka)