Symbol offer tempts second WatchGuard director

WatchGuard UK and Ireland sales director Richard Roberts has left the company just four months after taking up the position.

WatchGuard UK and Ireland sales director Richard Roberts has left the company just four months after taking up the position

Roberts chose to leave the security vendor in order to follow his predecessor Jeremy Butt to scanner and wireless specialist Symbol Technologies (see MicroScope, 10 June).

WatchGuard Emea director of marketing Michelle Jones told MicroScope the vendor was "disappointed" that Roberts had decided to leave, but added there was a strong team in place in the UK to fill any gaps.

She said Roberts would not be directly replaced in the short term, but WatchGuard might look to recruit someone into an expanded position in the future.

"We’re looking to expand our channel offering and add more managed services so we may look to bring someone with a broader skillset onboard to deal with channels and the SME space," she said.

Jones said UK partners would not notice any disruption to channel-facing activities.

One channel source said there was no concern over the rapid management churn at WatchGuard, claiming Roberts had done a good job building up sales in the UK and had left simply because Symbol had offered him a "bigger and better job".

"He found himself in the same position Butt had and the offer proved to be tempting and he has the chance to work with an ex-colleague," the source added.



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