Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Avira strengthens its commitment in Austria

New subsidiary for closer customer proximity: German IT security expert opens office in Vienna

Tettnang/Vienna, 19 February 2008 – Avira's growth in Austria is leading to an expansion of its presence with an additional office being opened in the capital city of Vienna, this is in addition to the existing sales office which was established in Innsbruck during 2006. Andreas Kroisenbrunner will be in charge of the new office, the 45 year old Key Account Manager will report directly to Rainer Witzgall, Sales and Marketing Director.

Avira has worldwide recognition with its virus protection AntiVir for private and business users."For us Austria is an independent market. With the new office we want to have a stronger presence in Austria", explains Tjark Auerbach, founder and managing director of Avira."Our customers from Austria will benefit having local contact through the new office in Vienna as well as the existing Austrian partner network."

Andreas Kroisenbrunner is no stranger in the security sector: In recent years as CEO of Check Point Software Technologies Austrian office he has taken them from being a technically oriented sales team into a more customer oriented one. "Despite my expertise, this new job is an exciting challenge and opportunity", explains Kroisenbrunner. "I want to take advantage of the contacts I have already made in well known Austrian businesses and partners over the years, in order to make Avira even more successful. Naturally, I want to increase revenue and the number of users. However, for me it is still more important to actually be in Austria and support the Austrian customers, distributors and resellers with a direct communication."

The Auerbach Foundation will also be activated in Austria: Five euro of every Avira AntiVir Premium Version sold in the Avira online shop will be donated to the company’s founder’s charitable project. The incoming amounts will flow in to the country through charitable and social projects as well as arts, culture and science.

About Avira

Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently achieve best-in-class results in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a privately-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Romania, India, Singapore, China, Japan & the United States. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit www.avira.com.