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Trend Micro MD exits post

Trend Micro MD exits post

Trend Micro has lost managing director, Chris Poulos, as part of a reshuffle of its local management team towards customer segments.

The security vendor's marketing director, Ben Guthrie, said Poulos left on January 19. It had not yet made a formal decision on whether to appoint another MD locally.

Trend Micro staff are split across three core customer segments: enterprise, consumer and SMB. Each has its own sales director, who will now report directly to regional headquarters in Taiwan.

Guthrie said the security vendor had spent the past year aligning its worldwide management team to specific market segments.

Poulos said the changes had made the MD position redundant.

"Companies change from year to year - it depends on the market space," he said. "I understand where Trend is coming from. It was a mutual parting."

Poulos joined Trend Micro in 2000, initially as sales director. He was appointed MD after the departure of Kenny Liao to the US in 2001.

During his tenure, the company grew from eight employees in A/NZ to 50, with revenues rising from $4 million to $36 million, he said.

Poulos previously spent four years as the general manager of services for Lotus, building the local arm of the company up from its grassroots to 130 staff.

He was now weighing up several opportunities in both Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

"I like the start-up idea and growing a company by attracting the right employees, customer sets and channel communities," Poulos said.


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