- 25 July 2012 09:50
WatchGuard Appoints ANZ Country Manager
SYDNEY – 25 July 2012 – WatchGuard® Technologies, a global leader in business security solutions, has announced the appointment of Patrick Devlin as ANZ Country Manager based in Sydney. In this role, Devlin will be responsible for managing the company’s market presence in Australia and New Zealand, overseeing new revenue opportunities, and managing local customer relationships. He replaces Scott Robertson who earlier this year was promoted to Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales, based in Singapore.
Devlin joins WatchGuard Technologies with more than 15 years’ experience in the IT industry in both direct sales and channel development for organisations including Brocade, Cisco, Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett Packard, Dell and Memorex Telex.
Most recently, Devlin was Australia Regional Sales Manager at Brocade where he was responsible for driving user adoption of converged Ethernet/Fibre Channel product solutions with a focus on the service provider and telecommunications markets.
He previously worked at IronPort Systems for three years as State Manager for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. His key achievements during this time included driving sales into the government, financial services and telecommunications markets and building out the company’s reseller channel.
Prior, Devlin worked for six years at Hewlett Packard as Storage Solutions Consultant during where he developed new business and designed and deployed numerous SAN architectures. He has also held new business development management roles at Dell Computer Australia and worked in sales and account management roles for Memorex Telex Asia Pacific and at Osborne Computer Corporation.
“Pat’s exemplary skills in driving success for multi-national sales organisations and their channel partners combined with his capable delivery of customer focused solutions will be a major benefit to WatchGuard’s ongoing business pipeline and market development. His experience will be a real asset as we embark on the next stage of our development,” said Scott Robertson, Vice President Asia Pacific Sales, WatchGuard Technologies.
"This is a business with a fantastic heritage and great potential. The company's game-changing security technology makes this a unique opportunity to expand the business as the network security market continues to experience strong growth. My experience is particularly well suited to the opportunities that WatchGuard has in Australia and New Zealand and I’m very excited to be joining at such a critical time,” said Devlin.
About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
Since 1996, WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. has been the advanced technology leader of business security solutions, providing mission-critical protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. The WatchGuard family of wired and wireless unified threat management appliances, messaging, content security and SSL VPN remote access solutions provide extensible network, application and data protection, as well as unparalleled network visibility, management and control. WatchGuard products are backed by WatchGuard LiveSecurity® Service, an innovative support, maintenance, and education program. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle and has offices serving North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit http://www.watchguard.com/
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