Versa Networks has named former Verizon Business executive Pantelis Astenburg as its Vice President of Sales, DACH, to lead the company’s expanding business, focusing on sales and market expansion in order to meet the rapidly increasing demand for Versa SASE in the region.
“Having worked closely with Versa in my previous role, I’m thrilled to be joining the expanding Versa Networks team and working to deliver the leading SASE solution in the industry to our customers in the DACH region,” says Pantelis Astenburg, Vice President of Sales, DACH at Versa Networks. “The SASE market has grown exponentially over the past year, and it will only continue to do so as SASE becomes the go-to solution for organizations looking to balance their networking and security priorities in tandem, especially during an era of hybrid working and rapid cloud migration. As such, I have big ambitions for the region. My first months at Versa will be focused on driving growth and delivering business outcomes for our customers, as well as offering strategic direction to my peers and expanding the team.”
Astenburg previously served as the Managing Director, DACH, for Verizon, where he was responsible for expanding its wired and wireless portfolio, helping customers to connect their people, devices, and data with a suite of leading 5G, MEC, and IoT solutions. Having worked for more than 20 years in sales across a number of high-profile telecommunications companies, such as BT Global Services and Vodafone, Astenburg brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in Network Managed Services, Advanced Comms, IT Services, and cyber and physical security. Furthermore, his previous success in recruiting and building high performance sales and delivery teams puts Astenburg in good stead to meet his goals of expanding Versa Networks’ presence and growth in the DACH region.
“We’re delighted to have Pantelis join our Versa Networks team and take a strategic lead on our growth plans for the DACH region,” comments Martin Mackay, Chief Revenue Officer at Versa Networks. “Pantelis comes to us with tremendous experience in leading business for service providers like Verizon and is ideally suited to help us to take advantage of the market opportunities the convergence of networking and security present. I’m extremely excited to be working with him to bring our unique solution to the DACH market.”
Versa SASE delivers tightly integrated services via the cloud, on-premises, or as a blended combination of both via the Versa Operating System (VOS™) with a Single-Pass Parallel Processing architecture and managed through a single pane of glass. Versa began delivering SASE services such as VPN, Secure SD-WAN, Edge Compute Protection, Next-Generation Firewall, Next-Generation Firewall as a Service, Secure Web Gateway (SWG), and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) more than five years ago. Versa uniquely provides contextual security based on user, role, device, application, location, security posture of the device, and content.