IT security and data protection company Sophos today announced the appointment of Ashley Wearne to the role of General Manager for the ANZ region, effective immediately. Wearne will be based in the Sydney office and report directly to Singapore-based Managing Director for Asia Pacific Stuart Fisher.
The appointment of Wearne to the newly created the role of General Manager underpins Sophos’s continued investment in the region and a ten year history of profitable growth. While the 2012 financial year presented strong results for Sophos globally with 17 percent year-on-year growth, the APAC region attained 27 percent year-on-year growth and was the top performing region for Sophos worldwide.
Wearne comes to Sophos with over 25 year of experience in the security and software industry in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. In his new role, he will be responsible for all local management duties and driving the company’s complete security initiative across the ANZ region, supporting the overall Asia Pacific growth plans being driven by Fisher. Wearne’s role will also include strong involvement in driving channel growth, a key focus for the company since its recent unveiling of a new partner program.
Fisher searched extensively for the best candidate to join the successful Sophos ANZ team and determined that Wearne’s broad industry knowledge, and hands-on experience in similar roles, would be a great asset to lead a team that is driving innovation in the security space.
“It was important to find a candidate that is both the right fit for the organisation and very capable of effectively managing a large team to meet the goals we’ve set to ensure Sophos’s ongoing success in the region. With Wearne’s extensive management expertise and strong channel track record, I’m confident he is the right person for the job and will excel at Sophos,” said Fisher.
Wearne has worked for many years in enterprise sales, channel, marketing and managerial functions across many well-known enterprise organisations, including Adobe, McAfee, Novell and Unisys, transforming regional operations and driving success within these organisations.
“I am delighted to be joining Sophos at a time when our customers face new technology trends such as ‘cloud computing’, the adoption of mobile applications and employees bringing their own devices into the workplace,” said Wearne. “It’s a time when everyone wants security solutions with less complexity and lower cost, at the same time as needing to focus on core business. Part of my new role is to remind businesses that complete security is a non-negotiable.”