Sophos turns attention to French market as European expansion continues

October 28, 1998 Sophos Press Release

Computer security specialist opens Paris facility

Sophos, the largest European anti-virus specialist, has opened an office in Paris to meet the growing demand for its expertise and products in the French market. The move consolidates Sophos's position as the largest vendor of anti-virus solutions in Europe, following the takeover of Dr Solomon's by Network Associates.

Until now, Sophos has been serving French customers from its UK headquarters. It has now appointed Patrice Le Mounier to head up the French operation. Le Mounier will be responsible for key customer liaison and product consultation. He will be supported by an extensive team of Sophos's security experts from both the UK and France.

"Our proximity to and understanding of the European market has led to such a demand for our products that we felt it was time to add France to our list of subsidiaries," said Dr. Jan Hruska, technical director at Sophos. "We really wanted to get closer to French IT managers and understand what they are looking for from their anti-virus technology. Bringing Patrice on board adds local expertise to our existing product portfolio and means we can offer the French market a complete security service."

"I have only been working for Sophos for a short amount of time but the interest has been phenomenal," said Patrice Le Mounier. "The confusion over the recent anti-virus takeovers seems to have left a real gap in the market over here. We can fill this with relative ease using Sophos's experience in other European markets."

Sophos also has offices in Germany and the US. It has a distributor network covering 29 other countries world-wide.

Sophos will be attending the Windows NT show at Olympia, November 3-5, 1998.