Kaspersky Lab has grown to become one of the world’s most influential Internet security companies, a global Russian success story that rivals top brands like Symantec for security supremacy.
The company has repeatedly and impressively been at the forefront of a range of discoveries in the security space, uncovering a range of very tricky malware, publishing detailed reports and offering a wide range of software and services for individuals through to businesses, organisations and governments.
Naturally, an important part of a global company’s success is its local presence, and Kaspersky Lab has certainly made a massive mark Down Under.
So, it’s normal for tech companies to want to engage and nurture their extremely valued partners, and that’s what Kaspersky was doing on Wednesday night in Sydney at the Wild Life Zoo and Madame Tussaud’s venue in Darling Harbour.
Partners had the opportunity to meet and greet the Kaspersky Lab A/NZ’s new team, and to talk about the company’s "business strategy, objectives, future plans as well as discover innovative and strategic ways for partners to work alongside Kaspersky and achieve great business results and success".
The company’s previous retail channel sales manager in A/NZ, Peter Brady, has been promoted as general manager of Kaspersky Lab ANZ.
Under Brady’s wing, recent promotions include Rebecca Nguyen from territory manager for the Southern Region to enterprise sales manager for ANZ effective 1 April.
Chih-En Yeh, previously channel sales manager is now territory channel manager southern region effective from 1. May. Celebrating diversity, new hires also include marketing manager Dania Jubain; retail manager Scott Kirkwood; territory channel manager for North Australia Samantha Gotting and Graeme McDonald for New Zealand.
In only her third week at Kaspersky, Noushin Shabab is ANZ’s first global research and analysis team (GReAT) member. She is Kaspersky Lab A/NZ's senior security researcher and reports to Vitaly Kamluk who is based in Singapore.
Starting his fourth year, Daniel Kadane continues on as a pre-sales engineer in Melbourne along with Kieran Cook who, in his second year, is based in Sydney.
There is also Erin Victor, currently Kaspersky Lab A/NZ’s corporate communications manager. Victor has been in the role on a temporary basis for most of the last year, taking over for the permanent comms manager who is soon to return from maternity leave, although Brady expressed hope to be able to find Victor a continue role at the company.
As for the event itself, it was not all work and no play!
Partners were welcomed and enjoyed a self-guided tour at the zoo. Shortly before the presentation commenced, guests stood a chance to win a gift voucher with a lucky draw session. After the question and answer session ended, the floor proceeded to Madame Tussauds to meet famous waxed Hollywood celebrities.
I was given permission to film Brady’s speech, but the accompanying slides had some confidential partner information that I was asked not to capture on video.
The video at the end of this article does show Kaspersky’s impressive promotional video released a few months back, but after that I focus on Brady to the extent permitted. He did a great job in explaining the company’s local vision, strategy and more, despite Brady recovering rom the flu as he explained in the clip.
It seems Kaspersky Lab A/NZ is in many safe hands, not just within the company but in its partner ranks, too.
If you need a new security solution, or want to resell Kaspersky Lab’s products, the company would no doubt like to hear from you!