London, UK – September 8, 2004 - SonicWALL, Inc., a leading provider of integrated security, productivity and mobility solutions, today announced the appointment of its new managing director for the UK, responsible for managing all sales and marketing activities in the region.
Kevin Thiele brings to the role more than 17 years of proven information technology sales and marketing experience in Europe. He joins from the German security vendor Webwasher (now owned by CyberGuard Corp.) where he was regional director for the UK. Thiele established the UK office in September 2002 which quickly achieved outstanding success, breaking all sales targets in the process.
Previously Thiele held senior sales management positions with a number of leading IT vendors including LG Electronics, Previo (purchased by Altiris, Inc. in 2001) and Symantec Corporation where Thiele headed the corporate sales operations for the UK.
Commenting on his appointment Kevin Thiele said, “SonicWALL is a long established brand in the UK with an excellent reputation for product quality and customer support. Along with the highly successful sales and marketing team that is already in place I am very much looking forward to driving the UK business at SonicWALL to even greater heights. The UK has traditionally been a high growth market for SonicWALL and will continue to offer exciting growth prospects over the coming years. A key priority for me will be to take advantage of the solid platform of business and the extensive network of distributors and resellers that is already in place to leverage increased sales of our higher capacity internet security appliances.”
“I am delighted to welcome Kevin to our European management team,” said Michael Stewart, SonicWALL vice president of Worldwide Sales. “His experience and strong leadership skills will be a major asset as we continue to grow our market share in the United Kingdom.”
About SonicWALL, Inc.
SonicWALL, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated network security, mobility, and productivity solutions for the SMB, enterprise, e-commerce, education, healthcare, retail/point-of-sale, and government markets. Core technologies include firewall, VPN, wireless, intrusion detection and prevention, anti-virus, and content filtering, along with award-winning security management solutions. Together, these products and technologies provide the most comprehensive distributed enforcement architecture available. SonicWALL, Inc. is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. SonicWALL trades on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol SNWL. For more information, contact SonicWALL at +44 (0)1344 668090 or visit the company Web site at http://www.sonicwall.com.
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