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Bitdefender appoints Christian Stanford to lead EMEA Channel Operations

February 2019


Stanford, a 45-year-old UK native, joins Bitdefender at a time of significant growth. In the past five years, Bitdefender has tripled its workforce to more than 1,600 employees worldwide and revenues have increased three-fold.

Bitdefender, a leading global cybersecurity company protecting over 500 million users across 150 countries, has named Christian Stanford as Senior Director EMEA Channels, advancing the company’s rapid expansion in the enterprise market and deepening its commitment to channel partners.

Stanford brings more than 20 years of industry experience to his new role overseeing consolidation of the company’s channel efforts and optimising its channel programmes throughout the EMEA region. He will report to Joe Sykora, VP of Global Sales and Channels.

"Bitdefender is committed to investing and serving channel partners worldwide and we are delighted that Christian, a true channel and industry veteran, has joined the Bitdefender team," says Joe Sykora, Bitdefender’s VP of Global Sales and Channels.

“With his rich expertise and network, we can further deepen the already successful commitment to our partner programme throughout EMEA."

Stanford, a 45-year-old UK native, joins Bitdefender at a time of significant growth. In the past five years, Bitdefender has tripled its workforce to more than 1,600 employees worldwide and revenues have increased three-fold. The cloud-based business models and time-to-market pressures driven by digital growth are provoking a tectonic shift in the enterprise, forcing IT to change its role from exercising control to providing services that facilitate business initiatives.

"I look forward to expanding our channel offering in each region and developing strategies to support our partners in their continued growth," said Stanford. "Bitdefender offers groundbreaking security solutions and a comprehensive portfolio of award-winning technologies for business customers. I see great opportunities here, especially as Bitdefender now adds a network security analytics solution, offering businesses a mature security lifecycle."

Bitdefender is continuing its campaign to broaden and deepen the range of talent on its executive bench and to support its rapid global expansion, growing ecosystem and widening product portfolio.

Christian Stanford joins Bitdefender after honing his talents in companies including Citrix Systems, McAfee and Check Point Software.

About Bitdefender

Bitdefender is a global cybersecurity leader protecting over 500 million systems in more than 150 countries. Since 2001, Bitdefender innovation has consistently delivered award-winning security products and threat intelligence for the smart connected home, mobile users, modern businesses and their networks, devices, data centers and Cloud infrastructure. Today, Bitdefender is also the provider of choice, embedded in over 38% of the world's security solutions. Recognized by industry, respected by vendors and evangelized by customers, Bitdefender is the cybersecurity company you can trust and rely on.