BitDefender Appoints Charles Arizmendi New Chief Operations Officer
Security solutions provider welcomes IT industry veteran from Microsoft
Today BitDefender®, an award-winning provider of innovative internet security solutions, announced the appointment of Charles Arizmendi as chief operations officer. In this role, Arizmendi will accelerate the company’s strategic operations and global expansion, while leading the global sales, marketing and customer care teams. He will report to BitDefender CEO Florin Talpes.
Arizmendi brings more than 20 years of sales, marketing and operations experience to BitDefender. Most recently at Microsoft, where he led the Channel Sales, Marketing and Programs teams, for Central and Eastern Europe. While at Microsoft, Arizmendi developed breakthrough, world-class sales and marketing programs that were recognized for their success both internally and outside the company. At Microsoft, throughout different roles, he led sales, marketing and services teams in Central and Eastern Europe and the Latin America regions, managing revenues up to $1.3 billion. Arizmendi also brings extensive experience implementing strategies to increase annual revenue growth and engage with current customers, having increased software sales for Latin America’s mid-market, small business and consumer segments consistently by more than 40 percent and achieved renewal rates of over 90 percent.
“Hiring a proven and experienced leader like Charles adds tremendous strength to the BitDefender leadership team,” said Florin Talpes, CEO of BitDefender. “His ability to improve field sales, marketing and customer care operations adds more strategic thinking to BitDefender and will help drive our growth worldwide. I am delighted to have him on board.”
“I look forward to growing and managing BitDefender’s already well-established global presence,” said Arizmendi. “It’s exciting to be part of a global company with a rich history of innovation and setting new standards in proactive security solutions.”
Bitdefender is the creator of one of the world's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified internet security software. The company is an industry pioneer, introducing and developing award-winning protection since 2001. Today, Bitdefender technology secures the digital experience of around 400 million home and corporate users across the globe.
Recently, Bitdefender won a series of important awards and accolades in the global security industry, including "Product of the Year" by AV-Comparatives, "Best Repair 2012" by AV-Test, "Editor's Choice" and "The Best Antivirus for 2013" by PC Mag, that confirmed the antivirus software’s leadership status among security products.
More information about Bitdefender's products is available from the company's security press room. Additionally, Bitdefender publishes the HOTforSecurity blog, where readers can find stories from the underworld of internet fraud, scams, malicious software - and gossip.