New UK&I general manager Hurst‘s initial objectives include more aggressive growth in the enterprise business at Kaspersky, a stronger presence in the UK channel, and a solid strategy to recruit more partners and customers across the B2B portfolio.
The new executive appointment brings over 30 years’ experience in software to Kaspersky, having specialised in building teams to take new products to the EMEA market across several start-ups.
Most recently, Hurst served as senior sales manager for UK and APAC at CoreView, and previously built the EMEA operation of Cloudistics, a private cloud platform backed by Bain Capital Ventures.
In 2006, Hurst joined Veritas/Symantec via an acquisition, and spent 12 years running several incubation businesses, including the xSP business, as well as overseeing the EMEA Security Practice, driving emerging products with a team of specialists.
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“I’m excited to be taking on this role within such a fast-paced industry and growing company, as Kaspersky continues to take a frontline role in making the world more cyber-secure,” said new Kaspersky UK&I general manager, Hurst.
“The cornerstone of our business strategy in this region is to transform our leading security intelligence into real protection for our clients, to enable them to use technologies in their lives and businesses safely, and trust them.
“Our goal is to bring on the future for our customers. I’m passionate about protecting this country’s industries and consumers, and that’s one of the key reasons I’ve joined Kaspersky.”
Chris Connell, deputy vice-president of global sales network, and managing director of APAC and Japan at Kaspersky, commented: “We’re very happy to welcome Chris Hurst to Kaspersky. His vast experience in this sector and demonstrated leadership ability from start-ups to enterprise businesses will bring real value to the business.
“We are confident that he will help drive strong regional growth in 2021 and beyond, and continue to support and protect our customers from ever-changing and growing cyber threats.”