Ex-Symantec veteran Avinash Shrawan appointed as WatchGuard Country Manager for India & SAARC
NEW DELHI / MUMBAI, India – June 6, 2014
WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in integrated security platforms, today announced that Mr Avinash Shrawan has been appointed Country Manager, India and SAARC. Avinash will be responsible for the company’s India relations, strategy and growth for channels, mid-market and enterprise businesses.
Avinash has over 16 years of IT industry experience across Sales and Marketing functions. Prior to joining WatchGuard, Avinash was Director – Sales at Dassault Systemes, where during his three and half year stint he was instrumental in executing critical business transformation initiatives across 5 newest industry vertical business. He has had leadership roles before Dassault with Intuit and Symantec. At Symantec, Avinash drove a high level growth strategy from Tier 1, Tier 2 partners in the region as well as significant gains in market share for Storage and Security solutions.
“India has been a major market for WatchGuard, and with Avinash at the helm, WatchGuard hopes to scale its India business to greater heights“, said Scott Robertson, Vice President in Asia Pacific and Japan at WatchGuard Technologies.
The key drivers of growth of the UTM market in India would be adoption of UTMs in SMBs and the move towards convergence. The SMBs are likely to be attracted by a versatile and multi-functional all-in-one-box appliances, which are easy to use and manage. UTMs which are flexible to fast-adopt new techniques and functionalities to fight against evolving and blended threats will have an edge over the others. WatchGuard continues to add innovative features and upgrade the firmware. The recently released Fireware OS offers host of new features like support for Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) blocker, WatchGuard’s newest security service, improved application-traffic management and enhanced IPv6 support including link aggregation. The service is fully integrated into WatchGuard Dimension, the award-winning security intelligence and visibility solution that is included at no charge with all WatchGuard UTM solutions.
“As a veteran in the security industry, Avinash knows all the fine details of the Indian enterprise security market and is the best person to expand our operations in India. We are looking forward to his leadership as we map our expansions in the country,” Scott added.
Commenting on his new role, Avinash Shrawan, mint-fresh Country Manager – India & SAARC at WatchGuard Technologies said, “I am excited to join WatchGuard which has a long history of technology innovations and years of industry leadership in providing security solutions for mid-market and enterprise customers. I look forward to drive and support its growth in India through channels by empowering them with out-of-box business models.“
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WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of integrated, multi-function business security solutions that intelligently combine industry standard hardware, Best-of-Breed security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use, but enterprise-powerful protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. WatchGuard products are backed by WatchGuard LiveSecurity® Service, an innovative support program. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit www.watchguard.com
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