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symantec.cloud APAC boss Brenton Smith takes the reins

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Symantec Australia's Managing Director Craig Scroggie has announced he will leave the company. He will be replaced by Brenton Smith.

Smith was previously Vice President for the Symantec.cloud business across Asia Pacific and Japan, and worked from Singapore.

Scroggie spent eight and half years at Symantec. He has also served as Chair of the Storage Industry Networking Association of Australia and New Zealand*, and a Director of ASX-listed data centre provider Next DC.

The latter interest may have lured Scroggie from the company, as Symantec says he will “pursue some of his other business interests outside of the company.”

Smith is a former Managing Director for CA Technologies in Australia and New and has a twenty-year industry pedigree, with time spent at BusinessObjects, Siebel, Brightstar and SAP. His arrival in Symantec Australia's big chair will mean the Symantec.cloud organisation will move into the Asia Pacific and Japan Strategic Sales group led by Bjorn Engelhardt. Bernard Kwok, Symantec's Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan, wished Scroggie all the best for future endeavours. Kwok will also pick up Smith's Asia Pacific and Japan Channels and SMB portfolios, “in the interim”.

Scroggie wrote to The Register and said:

"After 8.5 years with Symantec I have decided its time for me to take on a new challenge.

"Symantec is an outstanding company and it has been an enormous privilege and honor to work with such passionate and inspiring people.

"The business has gone from strength to strength and grown significantly over the past few years. I am very proud of what the local team have achieved, they are a wonderful, talented and inspiring team of people. I am leaving behind an outstanding leadership team, and I will miss working with them.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with our partners and customers to deliver Symantec’s goal of protecting people and information. I would like to thank them for their amazing support. "The opportunities for Symantec are extraordinary and I wish the company continued success in the future.

"I will be working closely with Brenton during the handover period. I have known Brenton for many years and he is a truly wonderful guy with many years of industry and leadership experience that the Pacific team will benefit from greatly.

Bernard has made an excellent choice in appointing Brenton to this new and exciting challenge for his career." ®

*DISCLOSURE: Author Simon Sharwood served with Craig Scroggie on the Board of SNIA ANZ.

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