Riverbed Technology today announced the appointment of Sean Kopelke as Vice President, Solutions Engineering, Asia Pacific and Japan.
Kopelke will be based in Sydney, Australia and will be responsible for leading the region’s sales engineering team and helping to build and execute a long-term growth strategy for Riverbed, which includes deepening and expanding its own technology expertise in close collaboration with partners and customers. He joins the company at a pivotal time in its evolution into a multi-product platform company delivering a modern IT architecture for today’s digital enterprise.
“Riverbed is executing on its multi-year strategy to lead in digital performance, with our platform having become an essential component of some of our customers’ most critical digital business transformation initiatives,” said Bjorn Engelhardt, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific & Japan, Riverbed Technology. “Sean’s appointment to this important role couldn’t be better timed. His deep understanding of the region’s cloud and SaaS markets and the challenges our customers in the region face, and his strong experience working closely with organizations on their strategic cloud initiatives are well aligned to our performance strategy. Sean and his team will play a fundamental role in building our technical capabilities to achieve both near and long-term growth goals.”
Kopelke, with more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, joins Riverbed from ZScaler, a cloud security provider, where he served as country manager for Australia & New Zealand (A/NZ), responsible for defining and executing the go-to-market strategy for the region. Kopelke previously served as Director, Managed Service Provider, Asia Pacific & Japan at FireEye, an intelligence-led security company, where he built and executed a strategy to target and develop technology partnerships with Managed Service Providers and Global System Integrators. He previously held multiple senior leadership roles at Symantec, a cyber security company, including Senior Director, Sales Engineering, A/NZ and Director, Emerging Technology, APJ, where he was responsible for driving the early stage growth of new technologies acquired by the company.
“As organizations continue to embrace digital as core to their future, the ability to measure the digital experience and modernize networks has become critical to their success. I am excited to be joining Riverbed at a pivotal stage in its growth story to lead the region’s sales engineering team in what I’m confident will be a watershed next few years for digital performance,” said Kopelke. “Riverbed customers are just beginning to rethink what’s possible for their businesses, and I’m looking forward to working closely with them – as well as the broader Riverbed partner ecosystem – to envision new digital experiences, and to help them stay ahead of the next wave of change.”
At present, Riverbed serves more than 30,000 customers including Forbes Global 100 companies and has a total addressable market surpassing $30 billion.