Mimecast Continues North American Momentum with Appointment of New General Manager
Bekim Protopapa to Support Mimecast’s Continued U.S. Growth
Watertown, MA – Mimecast, a leader in enterprise cloud services for the protection and management of corporate human generated data, today announced the appointment of Bekim Protopapa as general manager, North America. Protopapa will replace Mark Bilbe, who is now responsible for worldwide customer operations.
Mimecast’s U.S. business opened in 2008 and has experienced a compound annual growth rate of 113 percent, increasing revenue in the last financial year alone by 59 percent to $30 million locally out of global revenues of $88.3 million. The company has also seen significant U.S. customer growth upping its base by 118 percent in the same period. Mimecast also grew staff numbers in the U.S. and opened larger premises in Boston and San Francisco, and new sales offices in Chicago and Dallas.
Commenting on the opportunity ahead at Mimecast, Protopapa said: “The rate at which Mimecast has expanded in North America and globally is impressive. Now, with the company’s latest services for Microsoft Office 365, and the blended cloud approach that it enables, the company brings an even more enticing offering to market. I look forward to working alongside the rest of the executive team to accelerate enterprise organizations’ move to the cloud for critical systems, like email.”
Protopapa is a highly experienced senior executive, having spent 20 years in leadership roles at companies within the networking, security and unified communications sectors. He brings with him deep domain experience scaling both private and public technology companies, including NetIQ, BladeLogic, Blue Coat Systems, Logitech and most recently as the President and CEO of Cymtec Systems. During his tenure at Blue Coat, for example, the company experienced a period of unprecedented growth, as it went from roughly $100 million in annual revenue to over $400 million annually in under four years. Protopapa’s track record of successfully guiding companies through periods of significant growth will be integral in growing Mimecast’s U.S. presence and market share in the email management space.
“Bekim joins us at an exciting time,” said Peter Bauer, CEO, Mimecast. “Cloud is rapidly going mainstream, but the complexity of migrating from mature legacy infrastructures, data redundancy, security and availability are still major concerns. As a result, many companies are yet to fully exploit their cloud opportunities.”
Bauer continued: “With Mimecast’s unique and proven cloud platform, enterprises have some very effective options to leverage the cloud more seamlessly. Our platform has become an important part of our customers’ and partners’ security, infrastructure consolidation, compliance, information management and business continuity capabilities. Bekim’s specific industry experience is an ideal fit to help enable our North American customers and partners to capitalize on these opportunities.”
Mimecast is a leader in enterprise cloud services for the protection and management of corporate, human-generated data. The company’s email security and cloud archiving services are built on Mimecast’s world-leading secure cloud platform and optimized for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365. Mimecast Email Security protects against inbound and outbound email-borne threats, deliberate or accidental data leaks and email service outages. Mimecast Cloud Archive unifies email, file and Instant Messaging data to give end users fast access to their personal archive via PC, Mac and mobile apps. Other end-user productivity tools include Large File Send, which allows users to send large attachments from within email. For IT teams, Mimecast gives them a single administration console that provides centralized management of security and content protection as well as retention policies to support compliance and eDiscovery requirements. Founded in 2003, the company has more than 10,000 customers and nearly 3 million users, and works with 800+ channel partners worldwide. Mimecast has offices in Europe, North America, Africa and Australia.
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