Proofpoint Snags Bitdefender Vet Joe Sykora to Lead Channels

(Jan. 13, 2021) ON Partners consultant Aaron Clark is proud to have partnered with Proofpoint (NASDAQ: PFPT), a leading cybersecurity and compliance company, on the successful placement of Joe Sykora to SVP, Worldwide Channels and Partner Sales.

Sykora’s new executive position at Proofpoint was recently featured in CRN’s digital publication.

Excerpts from the article include: Proofpoint has brought on longtime Bitdefender and Fortinet partner leader Joe Sykora to serve as the fast-growing email security vendor’s first-ever global channel chief.

Sykora started in December as Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Proofpoint’s senior vice president of worldwide channels and partner sales, he announced on LinkedIn late Thursday. The move comes three months after Sykora resigned his post as Bucharest, Romania-based Bitdefender’s global sales leader and channel chief, and will make Sykora the highest-ranking channel executive at Proofpoint.

Sykora joined Bitdefender in December 2017 as the company’s first global channel chief to ensure consistency around the structure, benefits and governance for Bitdefender’s partner program. Prior to that, Sykora spent seven and a half years at Fortinet, where he was responsible for the company’s inside sales teams, distribution teams, reseller engagements and enhanced technologies groups in the Americas.

About Proofpoint
Proofpoint, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFPT) is a leading cybersecurity and compliance company that protects organizations’ greatest assets and biggest risks: their people. With an integrated suite of cloud-based solutions, Proofpoint helps companies around the world stop targeted threats, safeguard their data, and make their users more resilient against cyber attacks. Leading organizations of all sizes, including more than half of the Fortune 1000, rely on Proofpoint for people-centric security and compliance solutions that mitigate their most critical risks across email, the cloud, social media, and the web. More information is available at

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