Seasoned Marketing Leader Tasked to Accelerate Business Growth and Enhance Global Channel Opportunities for Multi-Cloud Application Delivery
NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2018 – Kemp, the leader in multi-cloud application delivery and load balancers, today announced the appointment of Tony Thompson as chief marketing officer (CMO). Tony will lead all elements of Kemp’s global marketing strategy, including channel and direct marketing programs, and focus on positioning the company for the next phase of growth in multi-cloud application delivery technology.
“Tony has a strong track record of operational and strategic marketing experience, and his passion for disrupting markets makes him a perfect fit within the Kemp culture,” said Ray Downes, CEO of Kemp Technologies. “As we embark on the next phase of our growth, I’m confident in Tony’s ability to propel Kemp as the go-to technology for front-ending applications across any multi-cloud environment. His leadership will be key to positioning our business for the future and arming partners with the right resources to increase market share.”
With more than 20 years of dynamic marketing and general management leadership, Tony is focused on delivering breakthrough results in elevating enterprise networking and security brands. He joins Kemp from SS8 Networks where he served as vice president and general manager leading the strategy, sales and marketing execution for a breakthrough in cyber threat detection. Prior to SS8, Tony was vice president of marketing for Silver Peak, where he re-positioned the company from niche player to a leader in WAN optimization, and the pioneer of the red-hot SD-WAN market.
Prior to Silver Peak, Tony led embedded security marketing at McAfee. He came to McAfee from the acquisition of Solidcore, where he established the company as a leader in the emerging application whitelisting market. Tony was also instrumental in the launch of Blue Coat (now part of Symantec), where the web security leader had achieved over 300% growth in market valuation and profitability within 18 months. Tony holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno.
“We are living in the most transformative time in history for how business applications are being delivered and consumed,” said Thompson. “Kemp has the unique advantage of offering any enterprise or service provider the most flexible options for optimizing existing application workloads and enabling a seamless, uninterrupted migration to multi-cloud deployments. This not only represents a growth opportunity for Kemp, but also for new and existing channel partners. I am extremely excited about leading our marketing efforts through this journey.”