|Jim Dowling (left) and Rob Forsyth.
Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses,
spyware and spam, has today announced the appointment of Rob Forsyth
to the role of Managing Director, Asia Pacific, with immediate
Forsyth, who will continue to be based in Sophos's offices in
Sydney, Australia, has served as Managing Director for Australia
and New Zealand for the last three years. He has been promoted to
drive Sophos's Asia Pacific business, excluding Japan, at a time of
great opportunity. Sophos has exceeded 50% year-on-year growth, on
average across the region, since 2002.
Forsyth was appointed to the board of directors of the Internet
Industry Association (IIA) in 2005 and has helped Sophos lead
initiatives with its customers, the IT industry, government, law
enforcement, intelligence agencies and the financial services
sector to combat computer security threats, including phishing and
He has also played a critical role in establishing Sophos's Asia
Pacific Technical Support Centre of Excellence and the SophosLabs
Asia Pacific research facilities.
"Rob's extensive experience has helped Sophos achieve an
impressive market position in Australia and New Zealand, and I am
delighted that he will now be heading up our operations across the
Asia Pacific region," said Steve
Munford, CEO of Sophos. "Security threats are changing rapidly
and Sophos is well placed to give leadership and grow strongly as
the market evolves."
Prior to joining Sophos in 2001, Forsyth spent five years with
SOCOG (the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) as
Programme Manager for Workforce Planning and Industrial Relations.
In this role, he was responsible for the planning and management
involved in filling more than 180,000 paid, volunteer and contract
positions. He was also responsible for the site management of the
Blacktown softball and baseball facilities during the Games.
Sophos has also appointed Jim Dowling as Director of Sales,
Asia. In this newly created position, he will be based in Singapore
and will report directly to Rob Forsyth. Dowling is responsible for
driving Sophos's business development and channel activities
throughout Asia, except Japan, where he has a wealth of
Dowling has previously held senior sales and channel management
roles in Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Most recently was with
IBM Asia Pacific for four years. He has also held regional roles
with TechPacific, BHP and Pasminco.