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Snyk ramps up presence in New Zealand

The developer security company has expanded its investment in the Asia-Pacific, appointing new representatives to bolster its market footprint in New Zealand.

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Tue, 18 Jan 2022
Snyk ramps up presence in New Zealand
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Snyk has appointed Tessa Davis as senior solutions engineer and Stephen Phillips as senior account executive for New Zealand, aimed at meeting an increase in demand for developer-first security solutions.

Davis joins Snyk from VMware, where she served as staff solutions engineer with a strong background in automation and cloud computing.

She will now be responsible for helping customers accelerate their path to production, increasing velocity by embedding secure design processes into developer’s everyday practices, leveraging existing DevOps tools.


Meanwhile, Phillips joins Snyk from Westpac Bank for New Zealand, where he served as chief information security officer, charged with improving the company’s cloud security posture and optimising cyber resilience.

In his new role, Phillips has been tasked with helping customers improve governance and risk management, enhancing cloud native application software development practices and infrastructure.

Davis will be based in Wellington, while Phillips will be based in Auckland.

“The New Zealand market is moving faster than ever before as organisations realise that developers need to take ownership of security, and Snyk equips them to tackle issues as they arise,” Asanga Wanigatunga, Snyk regional vice-president, Australia and New Zealand, said.

“Customers are challenging Snyk to think bigger and faster in order to help them achieve their goals. This couldn’t be a better time to welcome Tessa and Stephen to the Snyk family to ensure we have unique expertise to support customers with ranging security needs.”

The appointments come amid a ramp up in Snyk’s growth across the region, with the company projected to achieve more than 250 per cent growth in New Zealand by the end of 2022.

“New Zealand businesses are well known for their ingenuity and are typically early adopters of technologies and processes that help them innovate with speed and resilience,” Davis commented.

“I’m incredibly excited to join Snyk at a time when security and DevOps teams are working together to future-proof their path to production for long-term sustainability and growth.

“At Snyk, we take a platform approach with focus on developers and their experience. I’m focused on building on this and creating a thriving ecosystem that helps customers integrate security as early as possible into their software development life cycle.”

Phillips added: “New Zealand embraced DevOps over the past decade and significantly accelerated during the pandemic. This pace, unfortunately, increases opportunity for security vulnerabilities and exploits.

“Snyk helps identify and fix vulnerabilities early and as easily as possible in this process. I am very excited to join Snyk and be part of the company’s next phase of growth.”

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