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Red Lambda Expands Into Europe, Middle East and Africa and Hires Veteran Mike Hemes to Lead Sales Organization


Red Lambda, Inc., a leading provider of massively scalable and identity-aware network security software, announces its expansion into Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with the opening of its UK headquarters and appointment of Mike Hemes as Vice President of EMEA Sales Operations. Mr. Hemes brings to Red Lambda over 20 years of EMEA sales leadership in early stage companies within the network and security markets.

According to industry analyst firm Canalys, global enterprise security spend is on course to grow 13.8 percent in 2010 to reach $15 billion (£9.8 billion). EMEA is predicted to be the fastest-growing region, with sales up 15.2 percent to $5 billion (£3.3 billion).

“The vibrancy of the network security market in this part of the world was a key driver for our expansion into the EMEA market. Additionally, today we are announcing a new strategic partnership with the ILA organization for distribution across the Middle East region,” said Bahram Yusefzadeh, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Red Lambda. “To lead this effort, I’m pleased to have Mike Hemes join Red Lambda -- he brings right blend of proven entrepreneurial, sales leadership and channel development skills to ensure we establish a strong foundation for growth in EMEA.”

Mr. Hemes will report to Todd Krautkremer, Chief Operating Officer, and will oversee Red Lambda’s EMEA sales operations with responsibility for executing business strategy, sales, channel development and strategic partnering. He has over 20 years’ experience in private and public companies spanning network and security technologies. Previous senior sales leadership and market development roles include Sales Director of EMEA and APAC at Cymphonix, Regional Director of UK, Ireland and South Africa at Blue Coat Systems (BCSI), and Country Manager of UK and Ireland at Packeteer (acquired by Blue Coat Systems).

Red Lambda’s new EMEA headquarters will be based in London, UK.


About Red Lambda
Red Lambda, Inc., based in Orlando, Florida, is a leader in massively scalable and identity-aware network security software for enterprise, government and service provider organizations. Red Lambda makes it possible for organizations to securely compute, communicate and collaborate without borders or limitations. The company’s AppIron™ High Performance Security Platform protects vital people, resources and assets from a broad spectrum of threats regardless of their physical topology or geography. AppIron utilizes advanced grid and cloud computing technologies to enable distributed network security solutions with supercomputer levels of performance. Today, these solutions, called Virtual Grid Appliances, include: Integrity™ for control of P2P traffic and protection against illicit file sharing and the loss of proprietary data. Red Lambda’s products are sold through direct, indirect, and strategic partnerships worldwide. For more information, please visit

About ILA

ILA is a newly established venture headquartered at the Kingdom of Bahrain. ILA pledges the financial power of regional renowned investors and investment bodies with the extensive knowledge and experience of many telecommunications and IT executives from around the world. ILA aims to use an investment fund that is managing to invest in and manage telecommunications and IT companies and capitalizing on the emerging promising opportunities arising from the convergence between the two industries.


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