Kaspersky Lab has appointed Ovanes Mikhaylov as the new managing director in the Middle East. Ovanes has delivered great results in his previous roles at Kaspersky Lab over the last 10 years. In his new role he will be responsible for strategic planning and implementation to reinforce the company’s regional leadership in the B2C market and strengthen its B2B presence.
“The Middle East is an interesting and rapidly developing market that understands the importance of IT. I’m looking forward to applying my international experience in management and sales here. One of the most important tasks ahead of us will be strengthening our partner network in the region, helping local companies boost their own business while expanding Kaspersky Lab’s customer base, and making security solutions available with high-quality services,” said Mikhaylov.
Ovanes joined Kaspersky Lab in 2004 as a channel sales manager of the International Distribution Department in the company’s headquarters in Moscow in 2004. His skills and professionalism earned him a promotion to become general manager of Kaspersky Lab Iberia in 2008. As managing director for Kaspersky Lab Middle East, Ovanes will be based in Dubai, UAE, reporting directly to Garry Kondakov, chief business officer.
Commenting on the appointment, Kondakov said: “Being the number one vendor among the region’s consumers offers us a great opportunity to move further and acquire leadership in corporate segment, too. This cannot be accomplished purely developing a tight bundle of complex yet easily manageable solutions – it also requires a very strong regional team. I’m sure that a manager as committed as Ovanes is the right person to take care of the Middle East market, raise our partner relationships to a whole new level and introduce our range of new and updated security products and services to the B2B segment. Ovanes can draw on his own vast experience as well as the support of a great team, including Ashraf Abdelazim, promoted to В2В business development director in the Middle East, who does a tremendous job of understanding market needs and proposing the optimal solutions for them.” In recent years Kaspersky Lab has been expanding its enterprise security portfolio with solutions based on superior threat intelligence to ensure better protection for its customers.