Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses
and spam, has announced the appointment of Steve
Munford to the role of chief operating officer (COO) worldwide.
In this newly established position, Munford will be reporting to
Sophos's co-founders and joint CEOs, Dr Jan Hruska
Peter Lammer, and will assume, with immediate effect, global
responsibility for operations, which includes leading and
supporting Sophos's senior managers, future growth and product
expansion. Munford will be based at Sophos's headquarters outside
Oxford in the UK.
Munford brings a wealth of senior management and technical
expertise to the role of chief operating officer. As president of
ActiveState, he successfully positioned the North American-based
company as a leader in email security software. When Sophos
acquired ActiveState in 2003, Munford took the role of president of
Sophos for North America.
Prior to his joining ActiveState, Munford held senior management
positions at Seanix - the largest PC manufacturer in Canada - and
at Coopers & Lybrand, where he oversaw numerous re-engineering
and performance improvement initiatives.
"We are delighted to welcome Steve to this new role," said Dr
Jan Hruska. "This appointment reinforces Sophos's commitment to its
staff, customers and partners around the world, as well as
positioning us for significant sales and company growth in the new
fiscal year. We are confident that Steve's appointment will have a
strong and positive impact on Sophos's future."
The appointment reflects Sophos's sustained growth over the past
two decades, which saw it transformed from a UK anti-virus vendor
to a global computer security specialist with more than 900
employees and 35 million users worldwide.