Joe McPhillips exits as Pacific Symantec channel chief

Joe McPhillips has vacated his role as director of channel sales across Australia, New Zealand and Pacific at Symantec, exiting after three years.

Samira Sarraf Sep 06th 2018
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Joe McPhillips has vacated his role as director of channel sales across Australia, New Zealand and Pacific at Symantec, exiting the security specialists after three years.

Having originally joined Blue Coat as trans-Tasman channel director in October 2015, McPhillips assumed combined responsibilities following Symantec's $4.6 billion acquisition of the vendor in June 2016.

ARN understands that McPhillips' departure is effective immediately, with Eoin Black, channel sales manager of strategic partners at Symantec currently supporting partners during the transition.

"Symantec is committed to being a channel first company and our team is dedicated to continue supporting our channel partners in the Pacific region," a spokesperson for Symantec told ARN.

As revealed by ARN, McPhillips stepped up to take charge of the Symantec partner ecosystem in February 2017, alongside the appointment of Ian McAdam as managing director.

During his tenure, the channel veteran helped expand the vendor's ecosystem on both sides of the Tasman, in addition to enhancing supply chain capabilities through distribution.

Prior to joining Blue Coat and then Symantec, McPhillips - who had two stints at Blue Coat - also held channel management roles at Intel Security, Riverbed Technology, Commvault and Netintelligence, alongside previous positions at BT and Fujitsu.