McAfee has announced the appointment of Craig Hockley as its new regional director for South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.
Based at the company’s regional headquarters in Johannesburg, Hockley will be responsible for the company's business strategy and development and for extending McAfee's reach and presence across the region.
Hockley is a veteran of South Africa’s IT industry with more than 22 years experience in hardware, software, datacentres and IT infrastructure. Most recently, he was Gm of Dimension Data, and he has previously held posts at IBM.
“I have been looking for an opportunity in which I could really make a difference and McAfee has explosive potential,” comments Hockley. “As the world becomes increasingly connected, IT security becomes increasingly relevant to both business and consumers.
“The business and private world has been through phenomenal change because of this connectivity. New applications are opened up almost daily to diverse individual users, making it nearly impossible for businesses to survive in isolation. The Internet has simultaneously created massive business opportunities and considerable exposure to risk.
“In light of this, security has become critical,” says Hockley. “And with its established and broad IT security solutions offering, McAfee is well positioned to enable everyone, from consumers to the largest businesses and governments alike, to move forward in a security connected world.
“As a result, I am extremely bullish about McAfee’s South African and sub-Saharan business opportunities and have exciting plans for the company. McAfee is already well established, has good people and a strong culture and the potential, in an emerging market like South Africa. Coupled with the landscape of IT proliferation throughout the region, it is truly great opportunity for us.”