Altaf Halde Steps Down; Kaspersky Lab Appoints New GM

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After spending seven successful years in cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab, Altaf Halde, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab South Asia, is leaving the company to pursue opportunities outside the company. Halde has been replaced by Shrenik Bhayani who has been appointed the new General Manager for the South Asia region covering India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. 

Halde have been  and have been instrumental to grow the company faster than competition (as pointed out by IDC in their Endpoint security survey, 2013-14). I was responsible for launching and building the IT services arm of Kaspersky Lab with solutions around – Threat Intelligence, Cybersecurity Trainings, APT Intelligence, Penetration testing, SCADA security assessments, Incident investigation and digital forensics. 

In this role, Bhayani will be responsible for further developing the growth of the company in the South Asian SMB and enterprise markets, capitalizing on the demonstrated capability of Kaspersky Lab’s industrial cybersecurity solutions for the critical vertical sectors. He will be based at Kaspersky Lab’s South Asia office in Mumbai.

Commenting on his new post, Bhayani said: “This is one of the best times to be working in the technology space and I’m thrilled to be joining the world’s cybersecurity leader. The launch of Kaspersky Lab’s 2018 consumer technology  has shown sustained success for the company’s flagship suite. I look forward to see tremendous  opportunities ahead for the company as we execute a strong strategy to help protect businesses in critical industrial environments in the entire South Asian region.”


With over 17 years of sales leadership experience across the information & communication technology sector in the South Asia market, Bhayani lists channel sales, distribution, business development to solution design, and support services among his areas of expertise. He also has a strong record of building channels and generating sources of revenue for a variety of system integrators, enterprises and SMB companies.

“He will be instrumental in helping me and the team in building and developing our go-to-market (GTM) strategy to support our growth journey for the entire South Asia business. His ability to mix between sales and channels will enable close alignment with priorities and growth objectives of Kaspersky Lab South Asia,” says Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab APAC.

Bhayani’s previous assignments include serving as country manager for the India & South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) businesses at Unify India. Under his leadership, the business has been transformed from a more or less 100% direct sales to a complete indirect sales model. Shrenik has also held leadership positions in several other organization including Avaya and Orange Business Services. He holds an Engineering degree in Electronics and Communications from Mumbai, India.

 ”I would like to thank Altaf for his great contribution to Kaspersky Lab. With his leadership and contribution, the Kaspersky brand was built and now is widely recognized as a top leading cybersecurity brand within the South Asia region,”Neumeier said on Halde’s contribution to the company.