O’Mara joined Avast following a five-year tenure at Malwarebytes where he held the position of Vice President EMEA. Previously, he was VP EMEA at Trend Micro. O’Mara began his career in Finance and Operations and held several VP Finance positions before moving into general management positions.
O’Mara said: “I have long admired Avast as a leader in consumer and business security. The opportunity to further extend our foothold within business security is significant. The operational changes that small to midsize businesses have made in recent years have led to greater exposure to a fast-moving threat landscape. The term ‘cyber arms race’ has almost become a cliche. Often, cliches are cliches because they are true. It takes an organisation with the breadth and depth of cybersecurity experience and reach of Avast to mitigate these threats. I am looking forward to progressing Avast’s corporate business by deepening and expanding the relationships we have with channel partners to support our customers against these threats.”
He will report directly to General Manager of Avast Business, Vita Santrucek and will manage a global sales team from the London, UK, office.
O’Mara and his team are focused on delivering continued support for customers and partners. New initiatives include referral programs to help partners grow their businesses, and reshaping the partner program so that it appeals to a broader range of partner types. Ongoing support is also being provided during the current COVID-19 crisis. The Avast Business endpoint security products have been made available for free to support companies whose employees are working from home, and O’Mara will spearhead new efforts to engage with the community and will be announcing virtual trade events to showcase Avast’s business offerings.
Santrucek said, “We’re delighted to welcome Anthony into the Avast family. His knowledge of the industry and experience working with businesses and partners will be a great asset as we continue to grow and strengthen the Avast Business portfolio.”
“We have a responsibility as a cybersecurity company to protect the vulnerable and to ensure business continuity. Typically, small businesses suffer from limited resources and expertise in cybersecurity which is why over the past 12 months we’ve added to our own talent pool and strengthened our security portfolio. We have enhanced our security platform CloudCare to include a new feature that patches critical vulnerabilities, and launched Secure Internet Gateway (SIG), a cloud-based firewall which replaces traditional on-premise security hardware. We’re committed to providing our partners and business customers with enterprise-grade security that fits within their budget,” he said.