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Q&A: Avast CEO On AVG Acquisition And Why Large Endpoint Security Companies Aren't 'Dinosaurs'

Avast CEO Vince Steckler sat down with CRN to talk about the closing of the company’s acquisition of AVG and what partners can expect from the combined companies.

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What is the new vision and the new mission going to be under Avast going forward?

It's going to be a combination of the two, realizing that, for the most part, Avast and AVG have the same business model with one difference. In the consumer side, we have pretty much the same business model. We were the two most successful companies in free or freemium security…We run the same model there and we will continue to run that model. It has been very successful. However, instead of being the first and second largest in the world, we will only be the first largest…AVG was very focused on the English market and Avast was very focused on the non-English market. Now, we have a global powerhouse that covers all global markets. We're the number one footprint in every market except Asia, where we can't play in China because we're not Chinese. That will continue as it is.

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