Chris Moore leaves Trend Micro for second time
Ihab Moawad replaces Moore as new regional manager for MMEA region
Chris Moore, a veteran IT executive in the Middle East region, has left security software maker Trend Micro for the second time in the last four years.
Details about his sudden departure are still murky although industry sources believe Moore will likely take up a new senior management post within the regional IT industry.
Trend Micro has moved quickly to find Moore's replacement and has named Ihab Moawad as the new vice president for Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa (MMEA) region.
Moore's first stint with Trend came in 2009 when he joined the anti-virus software vendor's Middle East operation from Extreme Networks.
Moore's initial responsibilities then extended to the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and Greece, and he was credited for strengthening relationships between Trend Micro, its channel partners and customers.
In September 2010, Moore left Trend to join WAN optimisation specialist Riverbed spending just five weeks at the company before he took up the hot seat at the security software company.
Moore's second departure from Trend is seen by many industry insiders as a set-back to its channel gains and major sales push in the enterprise sector as the company continues to expand its regional footprint in the commercial space.
Last year, Moore was instrumental in overhauling Trend Micro's partner programme in the region, in an initiative that saw the vendor introduce greater benefits, domain specialisation and certification training to partners across the Middle East.
Under that partner programme restructuring exercise, Trend Micro partners that were previously categorised as Affinity, AffinityPLUS and AffinityONE were allowed to transition to the new partner tiers that include: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum status.
In an interview he gave to Channel Middle East in January 2012, Moore said the new changes introduced to the partner programme were aimed at assisting Trend Micro's partners to develop domain expertise across the region.
Moore has extensive experience of the Middle East channel, where he is best known for turning Extreme Networks into a powerful regional player.