Kaspersky names Toufic Derbass as Managing Director for the Middle East, Türkiye and Africa region


Toufic Derbass has been named by Kaspersky as the Managing Director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) area. With over three decades of experience, Toufic hopes to expand on Kaspersky’s 16 years of strong regional presence as the company looks to quadruple its business sectors, large enterprise and B2B, over the next five years.

As the region quickly embraces digitization, Toufic is dedicated to fostering stronger ties with local governments and legislators as well as marketing Kaspersky’s accolade-winning goods and services. In keeping with Kaspersky’s goal of creating a safer world, his efforts will also be directed at raising the region’s cybersecurity knowledge.

Before joining Kaspersky, Toufic worked in executive roles at large software corporations, where he was in charge of growing the company by establishing executive connections and strategic alliances with top-tier private and public sector companies.

Commenting on his appointment, Toufic Derbass, Managing Director for META at Kaspersky, said, “I’m honoured and excited to lead a brand that is globally known for its innovation and is built on a legacy of over 26 years. Kaspersky’s strong market footprint in the Middle East, Türkiye and Africa is a testament to its breadth and quality of products and services that blend technology with human expertise. My vision for Kaspersky in the region is to showcase its unique capabilities, such as the revolutionizing concept of cyber immunity, which plays a crucial role in reimagining cybersecurity.”

Robert Cataldo, VP, Global Sales at Kaspersky, said, “We are delighted to welcome Toufic to the company. For the past few years, Kaspersky’s operations in the region have been on an upward trajectory, with the expansion of our market footprint year on year. With the extensive experience he brings on board and his values that align with ours, we believe Toufic to be a perfect fit to further unlock Kaspersky’s potential through promising opportunities.”

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