N2H2 Inc., the leading internet filtering company in schools with a reported 14 million K-12 users, announced that Microsoft veteran Philip Welt, 45, has joined the company as its new president and chief executive officer. In his new role, Welt will be responsible for broadening the company’s enterprise offerings and building upon its extensive educational client base. Former N2H2 CEO Peter Nickerson has assumed the role of board chairman.

Welt’s track record for consistently delivering strong growth and impressive operating results was a driving force for the move, according to company officials. Welt, helped expand the software giant’s presence in Mexico, growing sales revenues in the region by more than 400 percent in one year. In 1995, Welt became director of worldwide sales for Microsoft subsidiary Softimage.

“Moving forward, my goal in leading N2H2 is to drive toward profitability and establish the same dominant presence in the enterprise filtering market that we have already achieved in the K-12 global school market,” said Welt. “Over the coming months you’ll see N2H2 introducing a broad array of new enterprise products, as well as engaging in some significant partner and customer relationships that will greatly expand our reach into the corporate filtering market.”

Though Welt will focus on broadening the company’s enterprise business, school customers of N2H2 may be reassured to note that Welt is involved with several nonprofit philanthropic endeavors specifically focused on education. These include financing the Louis Gregory Scholarship Fund,working in Seattle public schools, and sitting on the board of a multicultural private school in Seattle’s Central District.