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Kevin Chapman joins as new SMB General Manager

Vince Steckler, 22 November 2016

Kevin Chapman, Avast's new GM of our SMB business unit, will drive results for our Avast business customers and channel partners.

Kevin_Chapman.jpgToday, I am pleased to announce that Kevin Chapman has joined our team as Avast’s new General Manager of our SMB business unit. I have known Kevin for years, and I am very glad he is joining us.

In this role, Kevin will lead all aspects of our SMB business, including our go-to-market strategy, product management, marketing, sales and support. Kevin joins us with a long background in security as well as great experience working with the channel having spent many years in senior roles at Symantec. He brings a track record building SMB operations and leading global teams.

In his Symantec days, Kevin ran the Northern Europe channel for consumer, SMB, and mid-market. Later, he ran the European consumer business and many of the global aspects. Kevin also started and ran all aspects of Symantec’s premium support business for consumer and SMB, building it from essentially nothing and transforming it into a $100M business. This is a great mix of experience that shows Kevin’s ability to turn small businesses into larger ones – and leadership qualities that will drive results for our Avast business customers and channel partners. Kevin also shares our mission of helping businesses and consumers stay safe on the internet and this commitment to SMB security will be a strong focus for the work he does going forward.

The SMB market is important to us. Following our acquisition of AVG and now with Kevin’s addition to our team, we believe we are positioned well for success. Through Kevin’s talents and leadership, we will continue to develop our SMB strategy, integrate our technologies and products, and simplify processes to provide the very best solutions for our business customers and channel partners.

Kevin will be based in the UK but will travel regularly to our Avast offices. In the upcoming days and weeks, he will be meeting our customers and partners to gain a good understanding of their needs and challenges.

Glenn Taylor, who has been the acting leader of this business for the past year, will be helping Kevin through the transition for a short time. Glenn stepped into this role to extend his leadership and has done a great job starting the integration that Kevin will now finish. Glenn will now resume his role as my chief of staff and will continue driving the AVG and Avast integration.

We look forward to sharing future updates with you. Please join me in welcoming Kevin to our team.