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Les Williamson - Managing director
Check Point appoints Les Williamson as Managing director
By Zach Thompson, News editor
Fri, 29th Apr 2022

Les Williamson has joined the business as managing director for Australia and New Zealand.

With over three decades of IT and leadership experience, Williamson will be responsible for driving new business and revenue expansion for Check Point in the Australia and New Zealand market. As a key member of the Asia Pacific leadership, Williamson will continue to manage a high performing and diverse sales team and implement local strategies to drive further growth in an increasingly virtual world with expanded cyber security threats.

"We're incredibly excited to have Les, an industry veteran, leading the Australian and New Zealand business. Our strategic direction is built around delivering the best security solutions to partners and customers and Les's industry experience and expert leadership will enable the development of ANZ companies' security strategy required for their own digital transformation," Check Point Asia Pacific and Japan vice president and general manager Sharat Sinha says.

"By leveraging Check Point's extensive security portfolio to provide this consolidated approach to prevention-first security, I'm confident that Les will bring a significant contribution to the development of our clients' security and digital strategies, and protect their business for continued growth," Sinha adds.

"I'm honoured to be joining Check Point at a time of great momentum to spearhead growth in the region. As digital transformation picks up speed, the need for comprehensive and trusted cyber security also increases in focus, and importance. Check Point' Intelligence reports show a complex reality, with Australian and New Zealand organisations experiencing an average 890 cyberattacks per week in the last six months," Williamson says.

The announcement follows the recent promotion of Rod Thorne as Australia country manager and executive appointments with Mark Baker as New Zealand country manager, Leo Lynch as head of channels ANZ, and John Marshall as head of distribution ANZ bolstering Check Point's leadership team.

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