SAN FRANCISCO, October 20, 2022 – IGEL, provider of the managed endpoint operating system for secure access to any digital workspace, today announced the appointment of Simon Townsend as Field CTO for EMEA and Jason Mafera as Field CTO for North America. Both Townsend and Mafera will join IGEL’s newly established Office of the CTO, which also includes Matthias Haas, IGEL’s Chief Technology Officer.
“In establishing the Office of the CTO, one of our primary objectives is to optimize the experience our customers and partners have with IGEL through thought leadership on the future of end user computing and edge security, as well as a clear understanding of the unique challenges customers are facing in their local markets,” said Matthias Haas, CTO, IGEL. “We are delighted to be elevating Simon to the role of Field CTO, and welcoming Jason to the IGEL team. Together they will become a force multiplier for our Sales and Customer Experience teams including our partner community as we continue to expand this office and establish a repeatable formula for customer success in all the regions we serve globally.”
Prior to becoming Field CTO for EMEA, Simon served as IGEL’s Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing field, digital and product marketing functions. With more than 20 years of experience in the end-user computing market, Simon has helped manage marketing, product marketing, product management and global systems engineering for several enterprise software companies. He joined IGEL in 2018 from Ivanti where he was Chief Technologist and a member of the Office of the CTO. Before that, Simon spent more than a decade at AppSense where he served as the company’s Vice President of Product Management. Simon is a frequent industry speaker, author and visionary on industry topics related to endpoint security, VDI, Citrix, Windows and DaaS.
Jason comes to IGEL with more than 20 years of experience in the delivery of cybersecurity-focused enterprise and SaaS solution offerings and has worked for a broad range of companies from start-ups and pre-IPO organizations to public and privately backed firms. Prior to joining IGEL in October 2022, Jason served as Head of Product and then Vice President of Sales Engineering and Customer Success for Tausight, an early-stage startup and provider of healthcare software focused on delivering real-time intelligence for securing and reducing compromise of electronic Personal Health Information (ePHI) at the edge. Before that, he held a succession of leadership roles with digital identity provider and IGEL alliance partner, Imprivata. Jason spent 12 years at Imprivata, first defining and driving to market the OneSign Authentication Management and VDA solutions, then leading the Office of the CTO. Early on in his career, he was systems engineer and later product manager at RSA, The Security Division of EMC.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to serve IGEL, its customers and partners in the role of Field CTO for the EMEA region,” said Townsend. “For me, this is really about returning to my roots and helping organizations successfully adopt technologies that will transform the employee experience, protect the organization by simplifying management and security at the endpoint, all while helping them to align with the needs of today’s modern, hybrid workplaces.”
Mafera added, “Edge devices are where employees and end-users now interact with their business applications, data, and virtual resources. The evolving threat landscape, coupled with the increasing number of workloads shifting to the cloud, means that businesses must focus on identifying new and innovative ways to secure these edge access devices. IGEL solves this very real challenge faced by enterprises and SMBs, alike, by offering a proven solution for risk mitigation that reduces the attack surface through OS footprint minimization, management, monitoring, and control at the endpoint. I’m excited to join IGEL as their North American Field CTO. I look forward to working with the leadership team to build out the Office of the CTO, and to also having a voice in guiding customers in making decisions today that will have a positive impact on their future success.”
Today, the world of work is hybrid. Multiple clouds can deliver applications sourced from anywhere to a widely distributed workforce using all types of devices. Right at the moment when the world of work needs it most, IGEL has the solution for fully managed, secure endpoint access to any digital workspace that gives IT teams strong control and end-users the freedom to work as they wish in a hybrid world. Enabling choice of any cloud, from any device, anywhere, IGEL unlocks a collaborative and productive end user computing experience while solving the common security and management challenges required to compete and win in today’s world of hybrid work. With a growing ecosystem of more than 120 IGEL Ready technology partners, IGEL has offices in Europe and the United States and is represented by partners in over 50 countries. For more information on IGEL, visit www.igel.com.