12 September 2012

New appointment supports rapid channel growth for SMX

SMX — the New Zealand-owned cloud-based email security and platform as a service provider — has appointed former Connect New Zealand Business Development Manager, Faisal Khatib, to the position of Partner Account Manager, responsible for managing SMX's rapidly expanding channels business across Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).

"We're delighted to welcome Faisal to the team." Tiaan Blaaw says. "This is a key role in a very dynamic and rapidly growing market space. Over the past 12 months, 40% of our market growth has been attributed to the channel business across New Zealand and Australia. We now have a total of more than 200 resellers and 3 market partners across ANZ with continued growth in our channel forecast over the next six months.

"Growth in our channel has become a major driver for our overall sales growth. Year-on-year we are forecasting more than 50 percent growth in regional revenues as the market acknowledges the unique advantages of ‘in country’ filtering of mail, our better than 99 percent accuracy, and the ease and speed with which new customers can be provisioned," Tiaan Blaaw says.

Faisal Khatib began his career at EDS (now HP) in Quality Assurance, before moving on to local accounting software company, Accomplish, where he worked closely with the New Zealand Foundation of the Blind to establish Accomplish as the first accounting software in the world to be used by visually impaired business people. Prior to his role at Connect New Zealand, Faisal gained experience in the Software as a Service (SaaS) market at eAccounts Global.