Kaspersky Lab, the anti-virus and endpoint security software company, has hired former Sophos Channel Chief Chief Christopher Doggett, Trend Micro channel veteran Jean Lozano and Sony veteran Chris Gaebler to bolster its channel partner and consumer business strategies. The moves come amid major changes in the security software market, where Symantec changed its North American channel chief only a few days ago.

In a prepared statement, Kaspersky Lab disclosed these hires:
  • Christopher Doggett, Vice President Channel Sales, North America—Doggett oversees and manages the channel sales organization across North America and reports directly to Nancy Reynolds, SVP, Corporate Sales, North America.
  • Chris Gaebler, Vice President, Business to Consumer Marketing, North America—Gaebler oversees and leads  marketing for Kaspersky Lab’s retail channels, and growing the Company’s e-commerce business. He reports directly to Steve Orenberg, President, North America.
  • Jean Lozano, Vice President, Business to Business Marketing, North America—Lozano oversees channel marketing, field marketing and online marketing for North America and reports to Steve Orenberg, President, North America. Side note: The VAR Guy believes Lozano previously worked closely with Kaspersky Lab Channel Chief Nancy Reynolds at Trend Micro.
Doggett, Gaebler and Lozano join Kaspersky Lab as the security software company prepares for an annual channel partner conference in May. At the same time, Kaspersky Lab has been pushing into cloud-based security software, while also evolving its licensing models to better support cloud services providers (CSPs) and managed services providers (CSPs).

Meanwhile, The VAR Guy is closely watching the recent Symantec channel chief change. Randy Cochran exited last week, succeeded by John Eldh, a veteran of the Symantec.cloud effort. In recent days, McAfee has used its Twitter feed to comment -- just a bit -- on Cochran's departure. It sort of makes you wonder if that story has yet to play out... ...