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See ya, APAC - Carbon Black's former VP heads for Palo Alto

By Sara Barker
Mon 5 Mar 2018
FYI, this story is more than a year old

An APAC security heavyweight is leaving Asia Pacific and heading for the Americas after Carbon Black reshuffled its crew and promoted Sydney-native Kane Lightowler to the role of senior vice president of Americas field sales.

Lightowler, formerly vice president and managing director for Carbon Black in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), was based in Singapore. He will now be based in Palo Alto, California.

“Carbon Black’s expansion in APAC under Kane Lightowler’s leadership has been impressive,” comments Carbon Black’s chief revenue officer Thomas Hansen.

Lightowler sighed up more than 100 partners and Carbon Black experienced international expansion under his leadership.

Matt Bennett will be taking on Lightowler’s former role as VP & MD of APJ, with a base in Hong Kong. Bennett has previously worked as vice president APJ for MobileIron, president of APJ for Zscaler and managing director of Japan for Blue Coat Systems.

“I believe we have a significant opportunity for Carbon Black in APAC right now,” Bennett comments.

“As we continue to invest in the APAC market, I look forward to working closely with our customers and partners, who are very excited about Carbon Black’s vision for the future and our latest innovation,” Bennett continues.

“We’re relying on Matt to leverage his two decades of cybersecurity experience and pick up right where Kane left off,” Hansen concludes.

 Globally, Carbon Black has partnered with firms including Vmware and IBM Security on various products for the marketplace in recent months.

Last year Carbon Black and VMware expanded their partnership to provide a solution for cloud and data center security. 

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to help businesses around the world running more than 60 million VMs achieve the highest levels of security,” commented Carbon Black CEO Patrick Morley at the time.

“Carbon Black and VMware are uniquely capable of moving beyond point security solutions to give enterprises a more robust and holistic approach to securing mission critical applications running in the data center.”

Carbon Black and IBM Security also teamed up to release a ‘rapid response tool’ for security operations centres. 

““Today’s businesses often depend on many different security solutions to protect their environments,” Carbon Black commented at the time.

“Additionally, various departments (SOCs, IT, operations, HR) must work collaboratively to keep up with the speed of business.”

Carbon Black serves more than 3700 customers worldwide. Last year the company published ‘The Ransomware Economy’ report that found the dark web market for ransomware is growing at more than 2000% per year.

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