McAfee has announced the appointment of a new president for the EMEA region, while a former CTO has been appointed as president of Prevx.
Gert-Jan Schenk, previously senior VP at Juniper Networks, will report to Michael DeCesare, executive vice president of worldwide sales for McAfee. Prior to working at Juniper, Schenk was vice president of channels, at Unisphere Networks (acquired by Juniper Networks in 2002).
DeCesare said: “Gert-Jan is a strong leader with 20 years of global sales and marketing experience in security, hardware and networking. He has strong operational skills and a proven track record of success in driving large sales organisations at large, global companies. These qualities will make him an excellent addition to our team.”
Schenk said: “McAfee has a very strong product portfolio and an incredible network of partners and alliances across its business. The company has really reached a pivotal point in its history and I see a tremendous opportunity for growth and continued success. I'm excited to be a part of the leadership team and look forward to growing its EMEA business.”
The current EMEA president of McAfee, David Quantrell, has decided to pursue other business opportunities. He will continue working with McAfee over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition to his successor.
Prevx has announced its new president will be ex-McAfee CTO Christopher Bolin.
Bolin said: “Three decades of rapidly evolving cyber crime has created a frightening paradigm. Consumers and enterprises are protected by products from vendors who are only now realising that marketing success renders technology innovation virtually irrelevant to their pursuit of profits.
“Industry claims that we are safer now than ever are just plain wrong and create a false sense of security. In fact, the past two years have seen the volume of malware threats exceed the cumulative total of the preceding 30+ years. The traditional approach to malware defence has passed the point of diminishing returns. I have searched for the innovation in this industry and it is lacking. Today's anti-malware industry is more about clever marketing than revolutionary technology.”
Mel Morris, CEO of Prevx, said: “Having personally known Christopher for many years, it is truly an honour to have such a high-calibre industry pioneer on board as Prevx continues to grow in size and strength. Today's cyber criminals are waging a sophisticated, technology-led war on three fronts; social engineering, zero-day exploits and state of the art covert techniques that make traditional malware research increasingly blind to their attacks. Prevx 4.0 has been explicitly designed to fight back on all three fronts.”