Christopher Hurst has joined Kaspersky as General Manager of UK and Ireland. Chris will use his 34 years’ experience in the trade to drive continued enterprise and channel growth in the region.
Chris has a proven track record in the European tech industry as he has specialised in building teams to take new products to the EMEA market across several start-ups. An experienced leader, Chris joined Veritas/Symantec in 2006 via an acquisition where, over 12 years, he ran several incubation businesses including the xSP business. Chris also had responsibility for the EMEA Security Practice, driving emerging products with a team of specialists. More recently, he built the EMEA operation of Cloudistics, a private cloud platform backed by Bain Capital Ventures.
In his new position, Chris’s initial objectives include more aggressive growth in Kaspersky’s enterprise business, a stronger presence in the UK channel, and a solid strategy to recruit more partners and customers across the B2B portfolio.
Chris Connell, Deputy Vice President of Global Sales Network, Managing Director of APAC and Japan, Kaspersky said, “we’re very happy to welcome Chris Hurst to Kaspersky. His vast experience in this sector and demonstrated leadership ability from start-ups to enterprise businesses will bring real value to the business. We are confident that he will help drive strong regional growth in 2021 and beyond and continue to support and protect our customers from ever-changing and growing cyber-threats.”
Chris Hurst added, “I’m excited to be taking on this role within such a fast-paced industry and growing company, as Kaspersky continues to take a frontline role in making the world more cyber-secure. The cornerstone of our business strategy in this region is to transform our leading security intelligence into real protection for our clients, to enable them to use technologies in their lives and businesses safely and trust them. Our goal is to bring on the future for our customers. I’m passionate about protecting this country’s industries and consumers, and that’s one of the key reasons I’ve joined Kaspersky.”