Jakobsen brings more than 25 years of experience as a senior executive for global technology brands and has a successful track record for driving business growth through the channel. Jakobsen will be based in the Sophos office in Singapore and as the most senior sales and channel executive for the region will report directly to senior vice president of global sales, Michael Valentine.
Jakobsen joins Sophos from EMC where he was vice president and general manager of EMC Channel Sales (Asia-Pacific and Japan). While at EMC, Jakobsen launched the EMC Business Partner Program across the region to focus on products, services and end-to-end customer solutions. Prior to joining EMC in 2011, Jakobsen was vice president and general manager of the Solution Partner Organization for Asia- Pacific and Japan at Hewlett-Packard. Jakobsen spent more than 20 years in sales and business development roles at Hewlett-Packard, including 14 years in leadership positions in APJ.
“Sophos is a channel-first, channel-only leader in next-generation security with a massive market opportunity in Asia-Pacific and Japan,” commented Michael Valentine, senior vice president of global sales at Sophos. “I am very pleased to welcome JJ to the Sophos senior sales and channel management team. JJ has an impressive track record for developing and driving programs to support partners as they address the highly competitive and dynamic market in APJ. Sophos has continued to grow faster than the market in both endpoint and network security, and we continue to innovate and deliver next-generation protection to customers worldwide. JJ is a great addition to our team.”
“I am excited to join the team. Sophos has a world-class portfolio of IT security products, and I am impressed by the company’s unique commitment to its partners,” commented Jakobsen. “Sophos is a success story that is well-positioned to take advantage of a huge opportunity. Organizations across APJ are looking for easy-to-use solutions that can protect them against the growing volume of sophisticated and persistent threats. I look forward to supporting our partners as they help businesses address the challenges of comprehensive IT protection today.”
Jakobsen holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.