20 July 2010

Strong channel growth drives SMX senior management appointment

New Zealand cloud email security company SMX has appointed former Renaissance Business Development Manager, Chris Kidd, to the newly-created position of New Zealand Channel Manager responsible for the 110-strong SMX reseller network.

During his two-and-a-half years at Renaissance Chris Kidd specialized in networking and security products, developing successful brands such as SonicWall Security, Brocade, Allot, Palo Alto, McAfee and Aspen Optics.

Chris Kidd’s 25-year career in the IT industry began as an engineer at Wang New Zealand. He spent time in the UK with companies including Associated Newspapers, IBM and Johnson Diversey before returning to New Zealand where, prior to Renaissance, he worked in senior networking roles at MIS Services and Network Pro.

Michael Murphy, SMX Sales Manager for Australia and New Zealand, says Chris Kidd’s appointment reflects strong growth in SMX’s reseller channel as New Zealand companies and organisations switch to cloud-based email anti-spam and anti-virus services.

“Chris Kidd makes a strong addition to the SMX team. His experience in both channel management and channel business development will be invaluable as we set our sights on becoming the premier cloud based email security service provider across New Zealand and Australia,” Murphy says.

Chris Kidd says SMX represents a great opportunity: “I’m pleased to be working with a New Zealand company offering a really outstanding cloud email anti-spam and anti-virus service. It’s a young company going places fast and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”