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Aqua Security signs sales leader to drive APAC expansion
Wed, 16th Feb 2022
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Aqua Security, a pure-play cloud-native security provider, has announced the appointment of sales veteran Robert D'Amico as area vice president for Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), to lead aggressive expansion across the region.

D'Amico will be based in Sydney and report to chief revenue officer Christopher Smith. He recently led vArmour as general manager APAC and has held positions with F5 Networks, Gigamon and Cisco Systems.

Aqua customers are among the world's largest financial services, software, media, manufacturing and retail enterprises, with implementations across a broad range of cloud providers and modern technology stacks spanning containers, serverless functions, and cloud VMs.

The company is investing heavily in building a presence in the APJ region. D'Amico says he plans to expand the team to support customers, partners and technology alliances. The company currently secures over 25% of the Fortune 100 and is trusted by highly regulated industries such as BFSI, government and service providers.

"Globally, and particularly across Asia Pacific, most organisations are in some stage of transitioning to cloud-native deployments," says Aqua Security co-founder and CEO, Dror Davidof.

"There is an emerging opportunity in the region to support the surge in cloud transformations and ensure organisations can move to the cloud safely and securely. Rob is a customer-centric industry veteran who can help support the growing number of enterprises migrating to the cloud.

He says D'Amico's expertise combined with Aqua's best-in-class cloud-native security will be a game-changer for its customers.

"Cloud-native applications power today's business," says D'Amico. "By 2025, more than 90% of all digital initiatives will be supported by cloud-native. Delivering a scalable and secure experience is the cornerstone of this transformation.

"The market no longer wants a pieced together, point-solution. I joined Aqua Security because they are the only company that offers a security platform proven to scale. They meet customers today and guide them through the critical path towards cloud-native application security. Aqua Security provides customers with the freedom to innovate and accelerate their digital transformations."

D'Amico says the APAC market has been a significant growth engine for Aqua. He says he was impressed to learn of their plans for APAC and jumped at the opportunity to join.

The company has also announced the expansion of its executive team to include seasoned channel and sales leaders Jeannette Lee Heung as senior director, Global Channels and Alliances, Christopher Gaba as vice president of Sales, East, and Jeffrey Webb as vice president of Sales, West.

Aqua Security says their collective experience will help it meet the surging demand for end-to-end cloud-native security solutions. The company closed 2021 with high double-digit revenue, adding nearly 200 customers.

"There is massive demand, both direct and through partners, for Aqua's full lifecycle approach to cloud-native security, and our sales organisation is growing strategically to meet the needs of customers and prospects," says Aqua Chief Revenue Officer, Chris Smith.

"Adding stellar leadership and substantial market expertise will fast track our global channel growth and enable us to build a more robust sales organisation."