AMSTERDAM, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AVG Technologies (AVG), a leading provider of Internet and mobile security, today announced the appointment of John J. Giamatteo as Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to JR Smith, Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Giamatteo will oversee the company's global organization and operations, as AVG continues to expand its security footprint across markets and to additional technology platforms.
"We are delighted to welcome John to the AVG team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to AVG, as we continue delivering excellent products via innovative business models," said JR Smith, AVG's CEO. "John's successful track record of building and leading world-class operations and global teams will be instrumental as we grow our business while protecting our community of millions of global consumers and small businesses from increasingly sophisticated Internet and mobile security threats."
Mr. Giamatteo is a global technology veteran, bringing over 23 years of strong financial, operational and strategic leadership experience in public companies and in running multi-billion dollar businesses. Mr. Giamatteo was most recently Chief Operating Officer of Solera Holdings Inc. Prior to Solera, from June 2005 - April 2010, Mr. Giamatteo held a variety of senior management positions at RealNetworks Inc., a digital entertainment services company that invented the streaming media category and continues creating innovative applications and services for digital media, including serving as Chief Operating Officer there. From January 1988 - June 2005, Mr. Giamatteo was at Nortel Networks Ltd. in a variety of management positions, culminating with his appointment in January 2003 as President/CEO of Nortel's Asia-Pacific Region, where he was responsible for full P&L management of Nortel's business in Asia Pacific ($2B) across all functions. Mr. Giamatteo holds a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. from St. John's University.
"I am excited to join JR and the AVG family. AVG's technology touches every facet of our lives, and as it evolves the company's products become increasingly relevant," said Mr. Giamatteo. "I look forward to providing valuable strategic insight and operational leadership as the company continues building momentum and undertaking exciting product initiatives that will grow market share and enhance value to its consumers and business partners."
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AVG is a global security software maker protecting more than 100 million active users in 170 countries from the ever-growing incidence of Web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet. AVG has nearly two decades of experience in combating cybercrime and advanced laboratories for detecting, pre-empting and combating Web-borne threats from around the world. Its free, downloadable software allows novice users to have basic anti-virus protection and then easily upgrade to greater levels of safety and defense when they are ready. AVG has a strong reseller network consisting of resellers, partners and distributors globally including; CNET, Ingram Micro, and Wal-Mart.
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