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Sophos Appoints Chief Operating Officer

  • 05 April, 2005 09:22

<p>Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses and spam, has announced the appointment of Steve Munford to the role of chief operating officer (COO) worldwide. In this newly established position, Munford will be reporting to Sophos's co-founders and joint CEOs, Dr Jan Hruska and Dr Peter Lammer, and will assume, with immediate effect, global responsibility for operations, which includes leading and supporting Sophos's senior managers, future growth and product expansion. Munford will be based at Sophos's headquarters outside Oxford in the UK.</p>
<p>Munford brings a wealth of senior management and technical expertise to the role of chief operating officer. As president of ActiveState, he successfully positioned the North American-based company as a leader in email security software. When Sophos acquired ActiveState in 2003, Munford took the role of president of Sophos for North America.</p>
<p>Prior to his joining ActiveState, Munford held senior management positions at Seanix – the largest PC manufacturer in Canada – and at Coopers &amp; Lybrand, where he oversaw numerous re-engineering and performance improvement initiatives.</p>
<p>"We are delighted to welcome Steve to this new role," said Dr Jan Hruska. "This appointment reinforces Sophos's commitment to its staff, customers and partners around the world, as well as positioning us for significant sales and company growth in the new fiscal year. We are confident that Steve's appointment will have a strong and positive impact on Sophos's future."</p>
<p>The appointment reflects Sophos's sustained growth over the past two decades, which saw it transformed from a UK anti-virus vendor to a global computer security specialist with more than 900 employees and 35 million users worldwide.</p>
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<p>About Sophos.
Sophos is a world leading computer security specialist, developing anti-virus and anti-spam software. Headquartered in the UK, the company produces solutions tailored for businesses of all sizes – from small enterprises to global corporations. Sophos is acclaimed for delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction and protection in the industry. The company's products are sold and supported in more than 150 countries and protect more than 35 million users.</p>
<p>Sophos's regional head office for Australia and New Zealand is in Sydney and hosts one of the company's three Computer Virus Research and Development Laboratories to provide global support services.</p>
Rob Forsyth ( is available for comment:
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<p>Sophos's press contact at Gotley Nix Evans is:
Michael Henderson (
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 413 054 738 (mob)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

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