Trend Micro in no rush to find MEA boss

Strength of local operations mean Trend can take time replacing MEA director says associate EMEA VP

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By  Andrew Seymour Published  October 28, 2008

Security software vendor Trend Micro has vowed that it won’t be rushed into hiring a new Middle East and North Africa director following the recent departure of long-serving regional chief Justin Doo.

Doo, who launched the vendor’s Middle East operation, ended his nine-year tenure with the company in early October to take up the position of VP sales and marketing at Dubai-based Sphere Networks.

Trend Micro has not yet lined up a replacement, but confirms the recruitment process is underway.

“We are searching at the moment, but we don’t feel like we are under any particular pressure,” said Anthony O’Mara, associate VP EMEA at Trend Micro. “The team has been built up over the last couple of years and the team is solid. Clearly we need to put a leader in place, but we are not overly concerned in the short term.”

O’Mara is hopeful of finding a replacement for Doo before the end of the year, adding that the company is open to both internal and external applications.

“We are looking for someone who can take the company to the next level,” he explained. “We have a solid foundation here in this territory and we have also got a very strong backbone in terms of the support that the region gets from locations such as the operations centre in Cork, or the UK, or Germany. I think we are on quite a solid footing.”

With the Middle East market continuing to display a healthy appetite for security solutions, O’Mara reveals that the regional director position isn’t the only vacancy the company is looking to fill.

“We are expanding in this territory at the moment,” he said. “We recently opened our office in Saudi Arabia, we are looking for people there, and we are looking for channel, enterprise and technical people here [in Dubai]. It is a good spot to be in. I think that for any aspiring manager who would want to run the business it is a nice to place to be.”

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