KEMP Opens New European HQ in Ireland, Names GM for EMEA

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Load balancing solutions provider KEMP Technologies ( announced on Tuesday it has expanded its European sales and marketing headquarters in Limerick, Ireland.

The company previously expanded into Europe, opening its headquarters in Hanover, Germany.

The opening of the new office is supported by the Irish Government with the aid of Industrial Development Agency Ireland.

KEMP has also named Ray Downes as general manager for EMEA to manage the office and lead European sales efforts.

In this role, Downes will use his extensive channel development and IT sector experience from the past 20 years, where he has held several senior positions with networking companies.

Downes has previously served as international customer services manager of EMAA at for Cabletron Systems, channel manager for Enterasys Networks and most recently, managing partner and co-founder at Arrosys.

The Limerick operation will focus on KEMP’s expansion in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

Currently, the company has over 3,000 customers worldwide with Europe accounting for one third of its market. 

Since 2000, KEMP has been providing hardware-based and virtual-appliance-based server load balancer appliances and application delivery controllers.

“Ireland provides KEMP with all the necessary requirements for the establishment of its EMEA headquarters including a highly skilled workforce and access to an excellent research base at the University of Limerick, and the availability of competitively priced, technology equipped office space,” says Kevin Mahon, president of KEMP Technologies. “KEMP in Limerick will focus on the development of the EMEA market. The successful establishment of the operation led by Ray Downes will enhance KEMP’s ability to carry out advanced sales, marketing and customer support from a European base.”

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