Websense Restructures, David Roberts Departing

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As part of a corporate sales restructuring, Websense’s longtime channel leader for the Americas David Roberts will be leaving the company after a transition period. A new vice president of worldwide channels will be introduced next week.

David Roberts is leaving Websense as part of a corporate restructuring of sales. No effective date has been given for his departure, but the company says he will continue with the company through a transition period.

Websense has appointed Matt Hynes as vice president of worldwide global channels, a new position for the company. Hynes will be introduced to partners at the company's annual partner conference next week in San Diego. 
Roberts, a longtime veteran of the channel executive ranks, joined Websense in April 2006 after a stint as McAfee’s North America channel chief. In both companies, Roberts garnered praise from the industry and partners for his channel leadership.

A representative for Websense said Roberts stepped down as senior vice president of the Americas after the company decided to realign its sales and channels with a more globalized structure.

Also stepping down from Websense is Geoff Haggart, the senior vice president of Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

Didier Guibal, executive vice president of worldwide sales, will oversee channels during the transition period.

"This realignment does not change the Websense commitment to the channel. The company remains dedicated to the success of its channel partners and will continue to invest in new and enhanced channel programs, as well as technology innovations, to drive mutual success," the company said in a statement.

Rumors had been circulating that Roberts was looking for a new position outside Websense, but nothing was specific about his intent to leave or reasons for leaving. Roberts reportedly has no immediate plans to join another company.

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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