Blue Coat Appoints Ambarish Deshpande as Managing Director

Blue Coat Systems has announced the appointment of Ambarish Deshpande as Managing Director of India, responsible for sales, alliance strategies and growth of the Indian market. Deshpande will report to Steve Rowland, vice president of sales for Blue Coat in Asia Pacific. 

“An established sales veteran with more than 17 years of experience, Ambrish has an impressive record in building teams, driving market expansion and putting successful channel strategies in place. His extensive network and proven business acumen will help Blue Coat provide next generation WAN optimization and Web security solutions to enterprises throughout India,” said Steve Rowland. 

Deshpande most recently was director of alliance, channels and mid-market South Asia at McAfee. Prior to joining McAfee, he spent seven years in Symantec where he grew the security business to $20 million in revenue. Deshpande is credited with starting the Indian sales operations of IronPort, which was acquired by Cisco. During his three-year tenure in IronPort, he helped grow the company’s revenue to $6 million. Earlier in his career, he held business development and product management positions at Tech Pacific Technologies (now Ingram), Samsonite and JVC. Deshpande is a graduate of the University of Mumbai and holds a postgraduate management degree from NMIMS, Mumbai. 

“Blue Coat is uniquely positioned with its forward-thinking solutions and technology that help enterprises safely and effectively leverage the transformational forces of the Web and Cloud for their networks,” said Mr. Deshpande. “I look forward to leading the team and increasing our presence in India, while strengthening our channel to realize the fuller potential of the Blue Coat business in this region.”

6-Dec-2011 06:46:31