Check Point names Leo Lynch as ANZ channel chief

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Check Point names Leo Lynch as ANZ channel chief
Leo Lynch (left), Check Point

Australian IT channel veteran Leo Lynch has departed storage vendor Arcserve after just over five years, moving to security vendor Check Point Software as its new channel chief.

Lynch has been named head of channels and distribution for Australia and New Zealand, replacing Rod Thorne, who was promoted to lead the company in Australia in October last year.

As channel chief, Lynch is tasked to establish new business and go-to-market strategies within Check Point’s local IT channel partners and end-customer organisations.

Along with Lynch, Check Point also appointed John Marshall as ANZ head of distribution, leading the vendor’s business development strategies across vendors and distribution locally.

“This is an exciting time for Check Point as we bolster the commercial leadership team for the Australian and New Zealand region. We are doubling down in our commitment to bringing state-of-the-art cyber security solutions for the ANZ market and reinforcing the role our partners play in our strategy,” Thorne said in a statement.

“Both Leo and John are highly experienced in their fields, bringing years of vendor and partner strategy development and sales management skills to further expand our business locally.”

Leo Lynch joined StorageCraft in 2017 as ANZ director of sales, later promoted to Asia-Pacific director of sales after the vendor merged with Arcserve in 2020. He was named APAC vice president of sales in October 2021.

Prior to that, Lynch was director of channel sales at Huawei Technologies from 2015 to 2017, ANZ sales manager for global business partners at IBM from 2011 to 2015 and various channel roles at Dell EMC from 2008 to 2011.

Lynch also worked at Hewlett-Packard from 1989 to 2008, working in channel roles before leading its ANZ Supplies business in the last six years of his stint.

Marshall meanwhile joined Check Point from Arrow ECS ANZ where he worked for just over10 years. Most recently he served as the distie's ANZ sales director from 2019 to 2022. Prior to that, he was territory sales manager and Queensland/Northern Territory channel manager.

Previous stints include channel manager at Wavelink, distribution manager at Zylotech, distribution manager at Kyocera Document Solutions Australasia and business development manager at Epson Australia.

Earlier this month, Check Point also made a major global appointment with former Oracle and Intel marketing leader Rupal Hollenbeck, who joined as global sales and marketing operations leader.

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