Blue Coat Appoints New Regional Sales Director for EMEA

Blue Coat Systems, the WAN Application Delivery and Secure Web Gateway vendor, has named Mike Hemes regional sales director in EMEA with responsibility for a sales territory that spans the UK, Ireland, Israel and South Africa. Hemes joined Blue Coat through the Packeteer acquisition and reports to Craig Stewart, vice president of sales, EMEA.

“Mike has the experience and unique skills to lead our sales efforts in the region and bring customers solutions that provide visibility, acceleration and security for their networks to increase the performance of their applications,” said Stewart. “During this uncertain time it is important for enterprises to get more from their network investment and Blue Coat offers that along with an opportunity for higher productivity.”

Prior to joining Blue Coat, Hemes led Packeteer sales in the UK and Ireland for seven years. Earlier, Hemes held business development positions with NMS Communications, NET and Dynatech Communications.

“Blue Coat has a strong channel that gives the company a significant presence in EMEA,” said Hemes. “The move to consolidate the data centre as well as the increasing distance between applications and users are creating challenges for organizations that Blue Coat can help solve.”