Sophos Anti-Virus continues global expansion

October 24, 2000 Sophos Press Release

New Yokohama office opens to meet Japanese demand for corporate anti-virus

TOKYO - Sophos Anti-Virus, the world's leading developer of corporate virus protection, has announced the opening of a new office in Yokohama, Japan, in response to increasing demand for its superior products and expertise.

The Japanese office represents a further step in the global expansion of Sophos, and reflects the importance the company places on the Asia-Pacific market.

Alan Broderick, formerly Head of International Development at Sophos Anti-Virus, has been appointed Managing Director of the new subsidiary. With extensive experience in this area, Broderick will be at the forefront of Japanese operations, providing sales and technical support to Sophos Anti-Virus customers and partners in Japan and neighbouring countries.

"It is important in Japan to have a local presence where support can be given from close proximity to the market," Broderick says. "By working with partners on an hour-by-hour basis, the new office will meet the high demand in Asia for our products and continue the outstanding level of support we provide."

"Sophos Anti-Virus has built its reputation from strong and loyal global customer base. International (non-UK) sales account for more than 60 per cent of the company's worldwide turnover," Australian Managing Director, Richard Baldry, says.

"The Asia-Pacific is an important strategic market for Sophos Anti-Virus, and sales have been increasing rapidly for several years," Baldry says. "Key investments have now been made in Australia and Japan, and others will follow soon."

Sophos Anti-Virus is currently planning new offices in a number of locations around the world and will recruit more than 100 new staff in its technical, sales and marketing departments this financial year to accommodate the huge growth in demand for its products. Some of this growth will be experienced in Australia.

Sophos Anti-Virus is also in the process of building an additional high-security research and development centre, totalling more than 150,000 square feet at its global headquarters in Abingdon, UK. Further developments are planned for the Australian operation, and these will be announced in coming weeks.