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Sophos welcomes John Donovan as A/NZ managing director

02 Apr 2019
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Sophos has appointed former ForgeRock and VMware expert John Donovan as its new managing director for Australia and New Zealand.

Donovan will be based in Sydney. He brings more than 30 years’ experience in IT to Sophos, including roles at Symantec, as well as VMware and ForgeRock.

Most recently he worked with ForgeRock as Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) senior vice president. Prior to that role, he worked with VMware for five years to develop the partner and general business markets.

Donovan also spent 12 years with 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.

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

Donovan has also served on the boards of the Business Software Association of Australia and Australian Information Industry Association. 

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

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

Donovan has been a member of the Australian Federal Government’s Critical Infrastructure Taskforce. He also provided guidance on the development of legislation relating to cybercrime in Australia.