Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses and spam, has announced the appointment of Charles Southey as vice president of IT. Southey will be responsible for managing Sophos's internal systems and infrastructure, along with the 60-strong global IT team, in order to meet Sophos's current needs and accommodate future growth.
In addition to ensuring the systems keep pace with the company's growing size and sophistication, Southey's role will be to streamline Sophos's internal business processes through the use of technology combined with business and organisational understanding.
Prior to joining Sophos, Southey was a strategic IT consultant at global law firm Baker & McKenzie, where he worked with the CIO to integrate IT support and service delivery across Europe. Southey has also held senior IT management roles at Allen & Overy and Procter & Gamble, and has more than 20 years of experience in IT.
"I am delighted to accept this position with a global player in IT security," said Southey. "I have always worked with organisations who rank among the very best in their fields - and Sophos is certainly in that category. Great companies must excel at everything they do - IT has a critical role in this and I very much look forward to playing my part in Sophos's ongoing success."
"As Sophos continues its expansion, it is vital that we continue to offer a consistently high level of service to each of our customers around the world," said Dr Jan Hruska, CEO of Sophos. "Our customers' networks depend in part on the reliability and resiliency of our own infrastructure. We are pleased to welcome Charles to this new role - his appointment will help boost employee efficiency and further improve customer service."