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Palo Alto Networks Strengthens ANZ Business with Senior appointments
Tue, 22nd Aug 2023

Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, has unveiled significant changes in its executive ranks with the appointment of two key senior executives. The company has announced Janet Docherty as the Director for Channel and Alliances across Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), and Bryan Stibbard's promotion to the role of Director across Go-To-Market Shared Services, ANZ.

These new appointments highlight Palo Alto Networks' commitment to fostering growth, channel partnerships, and regional support. Janet Docherty brings an impressive 27 years of experience across leading IT organisations, including her previous role as Director of Commercial and Channel Sales across Palo Alto Networks’ Japan and the Asia-Pacific (JAPAC) region. Prior to joining Palo Alto, she led channel sales strategies at Veem Software and Veritas Technologies.

Commenting on the appointments, Steve Manley, Vice President Australia & New Zealand at Palo Alto Networks, says, “As we continue to advance our cybersecurity leadership in Australia and New Zealand, it is crucial to have a team of experts to drive us forward strategically and help us achieve continued momentum. Janet and Bryan’s depth of knowledge and experience are invaluable to Palo Alto Networks. We look forward to their perspectives and contributions in their new roles.”

Janet Docherty expressed her enthusiasm for her new role, stating: “Having access to best-in-class cybersecurity solutions is crucial, especially in today’s heightened threat landscape. I’m thrilled to drive our channel and alliances strategy, working with industry-leading partners to make our technologies more accessible to customers and provide tailored solutions to businesses across various industries in Australia and New Zealand.”

Bryan Stibbard, previously serving as Director for Channel and Alliances, ANZ, will now oversee multiple facets of the business including ecosystems, programs, business improvement, large deal motions, and strategy across the ANZ business. He brings extensive experience to the role, with previous senior positions at Astaro, Symantec, and CommVault.

Stibbard shared his excitement about his new role, saying, “Having been part of the Palo Alto Networks team for nearly eight years, I’ve deeply enjoyed working with our Channel teams and partners to build a world-class partner ecosystem in ANZ. I’m excited to embrace this new opportunity and look forward to unlocking further value for our customers.”

These strategic appointments come at a crucial time as cybersecurity threats continue to grow, reinforcing the need for a robust strategy and regional support. Palo Alto Networks' move to strengthen its leadership and channel partnerships will undoubtedly position the company to better navigate the complex landscape and provide tailored solutions to businesses across Australia and New Zealand.