WatchGuard boosts exec ranks

WatchGuard® Technologies has boosted their global executive team with three new appointments. Andrew Young and Wayson Vannatta joins as vice president of product management and vice president of information technology respectively. Former senior director of North American sales, Erik Halvorsen, has scored a promotion to vice president of Americas sales. The trio brings more than 50 years of experience to WatchGuard

"We’re on an incredible trajectory in terms of growth, innovation and industry recognition,” said Prakash Panjwani, chief executive officer at WatchGuard. “Erik, Andrew and Wayson bring a wealth of experience to WatchGuard and exemplify the high-performance, industry-leading team we’ve built to sustain and accelerate WatchGuard’s momentum.”

Young will oversee all aspects of product management, program management and product strategy. With more than 20 years of experience bringing hardware, software and SaaS products to market, he adds invaluable product management expertise to WatchGuard’s staff. Young comes to the company from Gemalto, where he led product management for all Identity Protection products for the Enterprise, eBanking and Trusted Identity segments.

Vannatta joins WatchGuard as vice president of IT and will lead the company’s IT strategy, including corporate applications and global infrastructure. He brings more than 18 years of IT management, development and operations experience to WatchGuard. Most recently, Vannatta was vice president of technology at InfoSpace, responsible for software engineering, infrastructure engineering, corporate systems, and data warehouse management.

As vice president of Americas sales, Halvorsen will oversee the sales teams in Canada, the United States and Latin America. He joined WatchGuard in 2003 as a territory sales manager, and was responsible for transforming the Southeast U.S. territory into a top revenue producing area. In 2013 he took on the management of the U.S. National Partner and Distribution community, and then began overseeing the North American direct-touch sales team.

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