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Check Point appoints new trans-Tasman channel chief

Hamish Soper returns to security specialists after 12 months with AppDynamics

Check Point Software Technologies has appointed Hamish Soper as channel director across Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ), replacing the recently departed Craig McGregor.

Soper - who returns to the security specialists after 12 months - is tasked with expanding and enabling the vendor’s ecosystem of partners on both sides of the Tasman.

Soper rejoins Check Point from AppDynamics - which is owned by Cisco - following a role as country manager of the application intelligence software vendor in New Zealand.

Prior to this however, Soper spent more than a decade as country manager of Check Point in New Zealand, following management roles with Vodafone and Canon.

“A supporter of change and conduit for out-of-the-box and challenging thinking,” wrote Soper, via his social media account. “My general approach to any given situation is easy going, level-headed and pragmatic with a high degree of energy.”

From a distribution standpoint, Check Point is represented in Australia by Arrow ECS ANZ, Orca Tech and Westcon-Comstor, alongside Duo and Westcon-Comstor in New Zealand.

Soper replaces McGregor in the role, who exited the business in May to take up a channel sales manager role at IBM.

McGregor will report to A/NZ general manager of global business partners, Alison Freeman, and will be based in Sydney.

An IBM spokesperson said McGregor will be responsible for “driving new routes to market” in a cross brand capacity, expanding existing partner portfolios and on-boarding new partners.

McGregor has more than 20 years experience in the IT industry, holding senior channel leadership roles with Microsoft, Adobe and Sun Microsystems.