AVG cuts marketing costs, hires new CTO

Security company AVG has undergone a restructure, cutting two positions from its Australian team while simultaneously bringing on a local chief technology officer to focus on its web sales.

Security company AVG has undergone a restructure, cutting two positions from its Australian team while simultaneously bringing on a local chief technology officer to focus on its web sales.

Sam Hendry (Credit: AVG)

AVG Australia and New Zealand general manager Sam Hendry, who started in the role in May this year, told ZDNet Australia that following a review, the company had decided to restructure. The restructure saw Lloyd Borrett, AVG Australia's security evangelist, ousted from his position, along with one other marketing position.

"It was no reflection on the individuals and their individual performance. It was about getting the right roles in the business and functional focus."

Hendry said that the company would now be investing heavily in its online web sales area, reseller training and product specialisation roles, as well as bringing in additional resources at the mid-tier management level.

The responsibilities of the two now-redundant positions will be shared between Hendry, a security advisor from within the business and a new local CTO.

The new security advisor and CTO positions have already been filled, but are yet to be announced.

Hendry said that its new security advisor "has been with AVG for some time, and has worked in a technical role and has been pretty much involved in the architecture of our systems".

Technical queries will be divided between the security advisor and the company's new CTO.

Hendry said that the person they had in mind for the CTO position had accepted the role, but she would not be starting until later this year.

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