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Bit9 gets new regional director for META

Mohammad Aquib Aftab to expand footprint and raise Bit9 brand in the region

Aftab will be responsible for developing the company's channel business and raising brand awareness.
Aftab will be responsible for developing the company's channel business and raising brand awareness.

Bit9 Inc, a provider of advanced threat protection solutions for endpoints and servers, has appointed Mohammad Aquib Aftab as the regional director for Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region.

Aftab will be responsible for further strengthening the Bit9 brand in the region and developing the company's channel by building long-term, sustainable business alliances with resellers.

"Having worked in security distribution and being skilled in managing tier one partners, Mohammad brings with him the right mix of skills and experience we need to build our business in the Middle East and Turkey," said Tony Shadrake, regional director, EMEA at Bit9 Inc.

Shadrake said the region faces a complex and interlinking set of security challenges and as such there is a real market opportunity for some fresh thinking when it comes to tackling the very real and present security threats that companies have to deal with on a daily basis.


"We believe that Bit9 is uniquely placed to help companies in the region protect their most prized corporate assets and ensure that they aren't stolen from under their nose. Mohammad is a very welcome addition to the team and we're looking forward to continuing to grow our business in these strategically important territories," he said.

"I am very excited to be working with the Bit9 team and am eagerly looking forward to connecting with business partners and enterprise customers in the region," said Aftab. "Companies in the Middle East and Turkey like those around the world find themselves under ongoing relentless cyber threats. Ever evolving security threats within the two regions necessitate a new way of approaching security," added Aftab.

Nidal Othman, managing director at StarLink, a distribution partner of Bit9, said: "Aftab's enthusiasm and dedication will enable him to effectively execute Bit9's strategy in the region, and his extensive regional experience will contribute immensely to the growth and profitability of the company in the region. As a VAD for Bit9 and trusted security advisor with on the ground presence across the region, we look forward to working closely with Aftab to rapidly increase Bit9's market coverage and channel partner breadth."

Aftab has more than 12 years of experience in IT sales, including the last five years at a VAD, where he was responsible for establishing and promoting new security products in the Middle East.