Hackney leaves Packeteer to join Citrix Systems

Appointed to newly created position

Bede Hackney has left Packeteer to join Citrix Systems in the newly-created role of application networking group manager.

He will lead one of the fastest growing business groups for Citrix Systems in the region.

In his previous role, Hackney was Packeteer's country manager for Australia and New Zealand. He joins Citrix with more than 15 years of IT industry experience.

Citrix ANZ vice president, Rob Willis, is confident Bede's appointment in the newly created position will deliver tremendous value, especially for channel partners and customers.

In recent years Citrix's product capabilities have grown from the traditional application delivery model to an expanded portfolio which includes Access Gateway, NetScaler, WANScaler, EdgeSight and Application Firewall.

"Our planned acquisition of XenSource, virtualisation software vendor, is one such example of the significant investments we are making to enhance Citrix capabilities across the board," Willis said.

Prior to being appointed Packeteer country manager, Hackney also served as the company's senior systems engineer, for which a US patent was filed in his name on behalf of Packeteer. Previously, Hackney worked as a senior network consultant at NetStar Networks Australia.

More than 180,000 organisations around the world use the Citrix Access Platform including 98 per cent of the Fortune Global 500.

Citrix annual revenues in 2006 were $1.134 billion.

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