Druva, provider of the #1-analyst-rated inSync endpoint data protection and governance platform, today announced the appointment of 20-year technology sales veteran Rick Powles to the new position of Regional Vice President, EMEA. Now heading all regional day-to-day and sales operations, Powles will focus on further accelerating EMEA penetration of Druva’s solutions to bring critical business data housed on employees’ desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones under centralized IT control.
Powles’ appointment coincides with a global Druva initiative to continue scaling its business, aided in part by a $25 million Series D funding round announced in August. Over the past ten months the company’s enterprise customer base surged from 2,100 to 3,000 in 76 countries, with more than 2.8 million devices now protected by inSync. This growth is being fueled by the proliferation of end user devices, a rise in workforce mobility, and a realization that legacy, server-based backup solutions lack both the features and performance required to manage endpoint data.
Powles’ experience includes 15 years focused on the backup and archiving market. Prior to joining Druva, he was Managing Director for UK and Ireland at backup and data recovery software provider Acronis. He previously held senior sales and management roles at Oracle, VERITAS/Symantec, Commvault and Informatica, and grew software businesses for both startups and major global corporations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is based in London.
“Gaining control over enterprise information on employee devices is becoming a critical IT priority that is not being adequately addressed by traditional backup vendors. Druva was among the first to recognize this need and has the most mature endpoint data protection and governance solution on the market,” Powles said. “Virtually every organization needs to add this kind of product to its infrastructure, and that gives me a nearly unlimited opportunity to help Druva grow its business.”
“Endpoint data backup is an emerging market in EMEA and elsewhere. Companies need it, but they typically don’t know how to go about it, and they don’t realize that there’s more to protecting the data on employee devices than backup,” said Jaspreet Singh, Druva founder and CEO. “Rick’s deep experience with server backup and his understanding of the EMEA market make him the ideal candidate to drive our business in the region, expand our channel and field operations, and ensure that Druva gains and retains the leading market share in the space.”
Druva’s inSync platform uniquely integrates automated endpoint backup, data loss prevention, IT-managed file sharing, and data governance tools. Proprietary Druva technology eliminates slow device performance associated with legacy server backup solutions, creating and continually updating a centralized repository of backed-up files. That repository enables rapid data recovery for lost or stolen devices, allows remote user access to any file or folder from any device, and supports eDiscovery, compliance and forensics needs. inSync also automatically synchronizes data between devices and users, secures and tracks shared files, and provides a unified audit trail of all usage and shared files.
Druva is the pioneer and market leader in data protection and governance at the edge of the enterprise, bringing visibility and control to business information in the era of the mobile workforce and consumerization of IT. Druva’s solutions for managing data outside the corporate firewall reduce the loss of corporate information assets and address organizations’ compliance, governance, forensics and eDiscovery needs. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices worldwide, Druva is privately held and is backed by Nexus Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital and Tenaya Capital. For more information, visit www.druva.com and connect at www.druva.com/blog.