Roundup: Belkin, Gartner, Sofrecom, Blue Coat

- Friday, August 26, 2011

Roundup: Belkin, Gartner, Sofrecom, Blue Coat

US manufacturer of computer hardware and connectivity devices Belkin is expanding the focus on its Brazilian operations, which will be the basis for all activities in Latin America, the company said in a release.

Belkin's goal is to triple the contribution of Brazilian operations in five years.

The company plans to intensify marketing for its line of routers for household use, maintenance and energy-saving equipment, as well as accessories for notebooks, tablets and gadgets in general.

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Belkin's efforts will be led by Victor Baez, general director for Latin America.

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IT consultancy firm Gartner has appointed Cassio Dreyfuss to lead a new research area focused on reinforcing the provision of services for Gartner clients' top management, the company said in a statement.

As research VP for CIOs, Dreyfuss will be responsible for direct contact with the top management of Gartner's clients in Latin America.

The new department will enhance Gartner's EXP executive program.

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Argentine IT services and solutions company Sofrecom Argentina, which is part of France Telecom, has launched a competition for its employees, the company announced in a statement.

All company employees may participate in developing quality and creative mobile applications. Prizes include iPads and a retail store credit for 2,000 pesos (US$478).

The competition is part of Sofrecom's professional development plan for its employees, designed to motivate staff to create new tools and boost business.

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US web accelerator and security company Blue Coat Systems (Nasdaq: BCSI) has appointed Gregory Clark as president, CEO and member of the board, the company said in a statement.

Clark, who begins in the posts September 15, will replace Michael Borman.

The executive has previously worked for Australian provider of software and services for asset-intensive industries Mincom, and cloud-based applications firm E2open, AT&T Unix System Laboratories and Stallion Technologies.

Clark also founded security software provider Dascom, acquired by IBM in 1999.

Carol Mills, a member of the board, will serve as interim CEO.