Sophos has announced the appointment of Ashley Wearne to the role of general manager for the ANZ region, effective immediately.
Based in the Sydney office, Wearne will report directly to Singapore-based managing director for Asia Pacific Stuart Fisher.
Wearne comes to Sophos with over 25 year of experience in the security and software industry. He will be responsible for all local management duties and driving the company’s complete security initiative across the ANZ region, supporting the overall Asia Pacific growth plans being driven by Fisher. Wearne’s role will also include strong involvement in driving channel growth.
“It was important to find a candidate that is both the right fit for the organisation and very capable of effectively managing a large team to meet the goals we’ve set to ensure Sophos’s ongoing success in the region. With Wearne’s extensive management expertise and strong channel track record, I’m confident he is the right person for the job and will excel at Sophos,” says the MD.
Wearne has worked for many years in enterprise sales, channel, marketing and managerial functions across many well-known enterprise organisations, including Adobe, McAfee, Novell and Unisys. “I am delighted to be joining Sophos at a time when our customers face new technology trends such as ‘cloud computing’, the adoption of mobile applications and employees bringing their own devices into the workplace,” says Wearne. “It’s a time when everyone wants security solutions with less complexity and lower cost, at the same time as needing to focus on core business. Part of my new role is to remind businesses that complete security is a non-negotiable.”
The company says the appointment underpins Sophos' continued investment in the APAC region, where the security vendor achieved 27 percent year-on-year growth.