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Former Exec for Hitachi Vantara Joins Proofpoint as Senior VP
Tue, 24th Oct 2023

Mark Ablett, former executive for Hitachi Vantara and Juniper Networks, has been named as the new Senior Vice President of Proofpoint for the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region. The global cybersecurity frontrunner announced Ablett's key appointment today.

In his new role, Ablett will take the lead in the company's extensive global sales organisation and drive the growth strategy across the APJ region, leveraging his deep understanding of go-to-market strategies in diverse geographic settings. Ablett joins Proofpoint after spending nearly nine years with Hitachi Vantara, where he served in various senior leadership roles, most recently as President of Digital Infrastructure. Prior to his tenure at Hitachi Vantara, Ablett held senior sales leadership positions at Juniper Networks.

With over 30 years of sales experience covering all areas of business management, including strategic planning and growth execution, Ablett is expected to bring extensive industry experience and an innovative leadership approach to Proofpoint. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Ablett will be integral to the company's expansion and escalating growth across the APJ region.

Ablett acknowledged the significant timing of his appointment. "This marks a crucial time for Proofpoint, particularly in the APJ region, as we continue our pursuit of innovation and the introduction of cutting-edge security solutions to the market. The APJ region exhibits distinctive growth dynamics," he says. His aspiration, he adds, is to ensure the cohesion and vision of his team and their progression toward common goals: "My focus will be on ensuring that all teams throughout the APJ region, including our valued partners, understand our envisioned path forward, and together, we'll work towards achieving it."

Blake Sall, Chief Revenue Officer at Proofpoint, expressed his high expectations for Ablett's contribution to the company's growth. "As Proofpoint expands its portfolio to break the attack chain by protecting people and securing data, we continue to build and expand our footprint within the APJ region. Mark brings a deep understanding of go-to-market strategy in a diverse region. Proofpoint is relentlessly focused on delivering world-class technology and customer service that solve the problems that matter most to security and compliance professionals," says Sall. He further adds, "rooted in relentless innovation, Mark brings extensive industry experience and expertise to Proofpoint and will be a strong leader to drive our continued growth across APJ."

Proofpoint, Inc. is a global cybersecurity leader that offers comprehensive, cloud-based solutions to safeguard organisations and their people against cyber threats. The company serves many top enterprises worldwide, including 85 percent of the Fortune 100, providing security and compliance solutions that mitigate their most critical risks across email, the cloud, social media, and the web.