Gatewatcher announces two new Sales Directors for UK & Ireland and Benelux & Nordics


Mike Hart (picured left) & Jürgen Verniest

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Gatewatcher, the technology leader in real-time detection of cyber threats, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Sales Directors, effective from July, 3rd, 2023. Mike Hart joins Gatewatcher as its new Sales Director for UK and Ireland ; Jürgen Verniest as its new Sales Director Benelux and Nordics. Their role will be to define and implement Gatewatcher’s development strategy in the UK & Ireland and Northern Europe respectively, as well as strengthening the company’s position as a key player in the international NDR (Network Detection and Response) market.

With over 20 years’ experience in Cyber Security Sales, Mike Hart has substantial experience working with emerging vendors entering UK and EMEA markets.  Having learned his craft in distribution, Mike has had senior roles at numerous vendors as they entered the market including the likes of Intel 471, DF Labs and Rapid7. Mike will be working alongside Ian Dutton, PreSales in the UK.

Jürgen Verniest has more than 25 years of experience as Sales and Marketing Manager and held several high-profile positions at Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco and spotit. At spotit, Jürgen held the positions of Head of Sales and became CEO in 2020. Prior to spotit, Jürgen was responsible at Cisco for the Cyber Security Line of Business in Belgium and Luxembourg with focus on Enterprise and Public Sector, with coverage of both technical and business decision makers (including CISO and CxO level).

“Congratulations to our new Sales Directors. Both of them bring significant knowledge of their respective markets,” says Dominique Meurisse, VP Sales International at Gatewatcher. The UK and Benelux markets are key territories to be in and we are confident Mike’s and Jürgen’s experience will enable them to successfully step into their roles and meet the complex cybersecurity and environment protection issues of current and future customers and partners.”

“It is my great pleasure to take this new position and I’m very excited about this new challenge. My primary mission will be to strengthen Gatewatcher’s 100% indirect distribution strategy in the region and support our development in the Fintech, utilities, healthcare and government sectors, thanks to our Partner Programme,” indicates Mike Hart, new Sales Director UK and Ireland.

‘’It’s an honor to join the European leader in intrusion detection and advanced threat protection and I look forward to promote Gatewatcher’s innovative cybersecurity solutions into the Benelux and Nordics markets. The rise of advanced persistent threats, but also new regulations like the upcoming NIS 2 regulation, do provide a favorable context for security and risk leaders to prioritize Network Detection and Response as complementary to other detection tools, to ensure a strong and adequate incident detection and response,” explains Jürgen Verniest, new Sales Director Benelux and Nordics.

With these appointments, the company is continuing its international development, with the commitment of bringing serenity and durability to Gatewatcher’s customers and partners in France and abroad.