Symantec's Keith Bird departs company

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Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC)'s vice president of northern Europe, Keith Bird, has left the company, less than six months after moving into the role from security competitor Check Point.

Bird was responsible primarily for the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, with his key tasks to drive business growth in the region.

Symantec said in a statement: "Keith Bird, vice president and managing director of Northern Europe, has decided to leave Symantec to pursue other opportunities in the industry. Symantec appreciates his contributions to the company and wishes him well for the future."

However, neither Bird nor Symantec have revealed where he is going or what triggered him to leave the company after such a short while.

He merely told The Channel: “I’ve decided to leave to explore other opportunities outside of the company, that is the bottom line.”

Kevin Isaac, Symantec's senior vice president, head of sales, EMEA will take over Bird's duties, although it's not clear whether the company will seek out a more permanent replacement.

Earlier this month, Symantec announced it had launched a new partner programme to better serve partners after it was split from the rest of the Veritas business.

The programme, called Symantec Secure One comprises three parts: Threat Protection, Information Protection and Cyber Security Services, with six competencies for partners to complete in order to achieve Gold and Platinum status.

“The two key elements are simplification and enhancing the profitability of the programme,” Bird told Channel Pro at the launch of the scheme.

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