Tuesday, 02 April 2019 10:55

IT veteran Donovan appointed as Sophos Australia, NZ chief

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John Donovan, Sophos John Donovan, Sophos

Network and endpoint security vendor Sophos has appointed 30-year IT industry veteran John Donovan as managing director for Australia and New Zealand.

Based in Sydney, Donovan was most recently ForgeRock’s Asia Pacific and Japan senior vice-president. Before joining ForgeRock, he spent five years at VMware ANZ, developing the partner and general business markets.

Donovan also spent 12 years at Symantec in various roles, including vice-president of channel sales for APJ, managing director Symantec Pacific, and the management of distribution marketing in the US and Canada.

He served on the boards of the Business Software Association of Australia and Australian Information Industry Association, and has been a member of the Australian Federal Government’s Critical Infrastructure Taskforce. He also provided guidance on the development of legislation relating to cyber crime in Australia.

“John is an extremely experienced and well-known executive within the ANZ and APJ IT industry,” said Gavin Struthers, regional vice-president, Asia Pacific and Japan for Sophos.

“With his in-depth industry knowledge, particularly in cybersecurity, and deep understanding of the channel, we are excited to welcome John on board to help drive Sophos’ channel-first strategy for our ANZ business.”

 “I’m excited to be joining Sophos as it continues to meet the demands of a constantly evolving security landscape,” Donovan said.

“I believe Sophos’ synchronised security vision uniquely positions it in the local market and this, coupled with its 100% channel approach, provides the right programs for ANZ channel partners to deliver the security solutions local customers need.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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