Stonesoft Adds VP Sales to U.S. Team
Stonesoft, the network security vendor, today announced the addition of Chris Townsend as Vice President of Sales for Federal and Mid-Atlantic. Townsend is responsible for Stonesoft’s growth and integrated business plan for the Federal and Mid-Atlantic Enterprise markets.
“Chris brings extensive knowledge in federal computing, cyber security, and networking to the Stonesoft North America management team. He represents the right combination of technology, business, and channel expertise required to support our rapid growth plans,” says Richard Benigno, Senior Vice President of Stonesoft North America.
Townsend previously held senior sales leadership positions at Cisco Systems managing Cisco’s Federal Civilian Region and worked with accounts such as VA, Military Health, NASA, DOE, FAA, and others. Previously, he also held senior sales positions at CheckPoint Software, and Network Associates (now McAfee).
“Government organizations require stronger and smarter security solutions and Stonesoft is one of the few vendors capable of meeting those demands,” says Townsend. “The significant investment that Stonesoft is making in cyber security solutions matches the future roadmap of both government and commercial entities.”
Based in Washington, D.C., Townsend says his main focus is building a seasoned sales team and channel partners that are focused on cyber security solutions.
Townsend is committed to the support of returning veterans, especially those with disabilities, and volunteers annually at the VA Winter Sports Clinic, Wheel Chair games, and Summer Sports Clinic. Townsend holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the State University of New York, Plattsburg.
About Stonesoft Corporation
Stonesoft Corporation (NASDAQ OMX: SFT1V) delivers software based, dynamic and customer driven network security solutions that secure the information flow and simplify security management. The company’s product portfolio consists of the industry’s first transformable Security Engine, standalone next generation firewalls and intrusion prevention systems, and SSL VPN solutions. At the core lies Stonesoft’s Management Center which unifies the management of entire networks.
Stonesoft serves private and public sector organizations requiring high availability, ease of management, compliance, dynamic security and protection of their critical digital assets and business continuity against today’s rapidly evolving cyber threats. Stonesoft is a recognized researcher of advanced evasion techniques used in targeted cyber attacks to bypass security. Stonesoft has the highest customer retention rate in the industry due to low TCO, ease of management, and overall customer excellence. Stonesoft’s customer base covers more than 6,500 mid- or large-sized organizations across various industries and geographical markets.
Founded in 1990, the company’s track record is well recognized by certifiers, industry analysts and demanding customers. The company’s corporate headquarters are based in Helsinki, Finland and North American headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.stonesoft.com .