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There is an old cliche about never going back to a place you have worked in the past because presumably it might not offer the same level of job satsifaction.
But there is something to be said for rejoining an organisation that you know, possibly love, and have some fresh views on given the time away elsewhere in the industry.
That is the position that Nick Lowe finds himself in as he resigns with security player Check Point to take up the position of regional director of Northern Europe.
His previous stint at the vendor, between 2003 and 2011, involved plenty of work with the channel, with the vendor increasing the focus under his watch on rewarding value and not just revenue.
In his return to the firm he will again be responsible for partner engagement in the UK and the rest of the Northern Europe region.
In his spell away from Check Point Lowe remained in the IT industry but operating in different areas with a stint at virtualisation player AppSense and security start-up Silicon:SAFE.
Bruno Darmon, European vice president for Check Point, said that Lowe had a wealth of experience that made his return to the vendor a welcome one.
“His wealth of experience in enterprise management, business development and sales leadership, and his in-depth knowledge of Check Point’s solutions, channel and strategy will be a key factor in driving the next stage of growth in Northern Europe, both for us and our partners. He knows exactly what is needed to help make the most of both new and existing business opportunities," he said.
Just as he rejoins the firm Check Point has issued its numbers for Q4 and the full year ended 31 December with a 7% increase in revenues for the full twelve months and a 22% climb in software blade subscriptions to $390m. Operating income improved by 49% and hit $852m.
“We had a great finish to 2016 with healthy business growth in all geographies and a nice increase in new customer wins. We realized triple digit growth across our focus areas of mobile and advanced threat prevention, while security gateways delivered double digit growth,” said Gil Shwed, founder and CEO of Check Point.