IT security software and services company Eset has hired Brent McCarty, former vice president of global sales at Ingram Micro, to head its North America division.

McCarty was named president Aug. 1, a role formerly referred to as CEO North America. Eset's North America headquarters are in San Diego.

The company, established in 1992, is based in Slovakia. It opened its North America office in 1999.

Eset's chief operating officer Palo Luka has been serving as interim CEO of North America as the company conducted a search for its next leader for the region. Former North America CEO Andrew Lee, who was hired for the role in 2011, left the company at the end of 2017.

McCarty was previously with Ingram Micro for 12 years. In addition to his most recent role he also formerly served as country chief executive for Ingram Micro UK and Ireland, vice president and managing director for Ingram Micro UK and Ireland, managing director of DBL Distributing, Ingram’s North American consumer electronics business, and was senior director of value-added reseller sales in Canada.

As Ingram Micro's vice president of global sales solutions, McCarty grew targeted global customer revenue 54 percent in one year, expanding market share and improving profitability of the division, Eset said.

Richard Marko, CEO of Eset, said the U.S. makes up more than 20 percent of the company's global revenue.

“We spent a long time and vetted many candidates and found that Brent has the tenacity and leadership skills to lead and grow Eset in the North American market,” he said.

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