Michael Murphy emerges to take the helm of Citrix in Canada

After leaving Symantec Corp. (NYSE: SYMC) last fall after a long run with the security vendor, veteran Canadian IT executive Michael Murphy has resurfaced to take on a new challenge: area vice-president, sales and country manager for Canada with virtualization vendor Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS).

Murphy replaces David Wright as the top dog for Citrix in Canada. According to a statement from Citrix, Wright, a former CDN Top Newsmaker, officially retired from Citrix effective March 31st. Murphy will officially take on his new role at Citrix on April 16th.

A graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa with a degree in economics, Murphy began his career with the federal public service before joining Symantec as a systems engineer in 1995. He rose steadily through the ranks during a 16-year career with the security vendor, taking on the role of vice-president and general manager, Symantec Canada in 2005.

Murphy’s departure from Symantec last fall was sudden, and the circumstances surrounding it are still unclear. The vendor initially wavered on naming a permanent in-Canada country manager, having the position filled on an interim basis by a regional U.S. executive before appointing a newcomer, former Cisco Systems executive Sean Forkan, to replace Murphy in February.

Murphy was not available for comment. Citrix has recently launched a new push in the small and medium-sized business segment, and will hold its annual Summit user conference next month in San Francisco.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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