14 May 2013

Strong offshore demand for locally hosted cloud email solutions drives new SMX senior appointments

Mark Wilson (left) and Yasuyuki ShinmenNew Zealand-owned cloud email security and hosting company SMX Limited has made senior country manager appointments in Australia and Japan, and opened offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

SMX’s vice president of global sales, Tiaan Blaauw, says the issue of data sovereignty is proving a major driver for SMX in Australia and Japan. He says SMX’s local datacenters host and filter emails in country, compared to the Google and Microsoft 365 solutions which involve offshore datacenters. 

Former Telstra senior executive Mark Wilson (left) has been appointed SMX country manager, Australia. Yasuyuki Shinmen (right), the former Japan country manager and Asia Pacific senior director for internet security appliance company Fortinet, has been appointed SMX country manager, Japan.

“Mark Wilson and Yasuyuki Shinmen are both well qualified for their respective country manager positions,” Blaauw says. “During more than ten years at Telstra – most recently as general manager of enterprise and government sales for Victoria – Mark Wilson has developed particular expertise in managed security services delivered via the cloud model. As head of the enterprise and government market for Telstra in New Zealand he was responsible for Telstra’s DMZ Global business unit, managing a sales team selling a full range of outsourced managed security products.

“Yasuyuki Shinmen joins SMX after a strong performance at internet security appliance company Fortinet where he was successful in almost doubling Fortinet’s installed base over a three-year period. A fluent English speaker, Shinmen has also held the country manager position at Nokia’s enterprise division, and marketing and technical positions at NEC, Lucent Technologies/Avaya, TopLayer Networks and Allied Telesis.”

The appointments follow major wins for SMX in both Australia and Japan, Blaauw says. In Australia SMX is the cloud email solution used by Fujitsu Cloud Services. Earlier this year SMX signed Mitsui Group – Japan’s second largest company – as a reseller and distributor of SMX’s Cloud Email Security Suite through Mitsui’s specialist IT security division, Mitsui Bussan Secure Directions Inc.