Anti-Virus Leader Names Ralph Pisani, Jr. Director of Business Development

May 07, 2001 Sophos Press Release

Wakefield, MA - Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus solutions, announced that Ralph R. Pisani, Jr., has joined the company as Director of Business Development in the U.S.

Pisani brings to Sophos ten years of international sales, marketing and business development experience. As Regional Manager of HR Logic, Inc., a Fidelity Ventures company, Pisani closed two of the largest deals in the company's history while managing the direct sales and regional development division. Previously, he was the Managing Director of EMDS Consulting, an international consulting firm headquartered in Brussels. He is a graduate of Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts.

"With Ralph Pisani at the helm of business development, Sophos is aggressively pursuing partnerships with OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), ISPs (Internet Service Providers), ASPs (Application Service Providers) and third-party software developers to integrate their services and applications with Sophos's powerful virus detection technology," said David Hughes, president of Sophos, Inc. "We are finding a warm reception for both our technology and our focused, flexible business model. Ralph's efforts have quickly lead to significant new partnerships that will benefit our mutual customers."

Sophos has been at the forefront of anti-virus research for well over a decade and is focused exclusively on developing anti-virus solutions for networked environments. Recognizing the broad need for dependable virus protection, Sophos developed an open application-programming interface (API), to help third-party developers integrate their services and applications with Sophos's reliable virus scanning engine.

"Sophos's best-of-breed technology, corporate focus and flexibility are key strengths in our ability to be a value-added partner in the OEM/xSP world," said Pisani. "What attracted me to the company was its highly respected reputation and rapid, profitable growth in the anti-virus industry. I also saw an exciting opportunity to leverage its exclusive focus on the anti-virus market to propel Sophos into new markets. This strategy will enable us to expand our business without compromising the quality and consistency of our anti-virus software."