Micro Focus hires boss for A/NZ

Kylie Kelly to increase company’s presence with focus on public sector

Enterprise application modernisation and management solutions provider, Micro Focus, has hired Kylie Kelly to lead its Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) business as general manager.

Micro Focus is a UK-based company which vends software designed to allow customers to develop, test, deploy, assess, and modernise business-critical applications.

Kelly joined Micro Focus in 2007 as senior account director, before moving on to assume responsibility for its licensing and contracts. Prior to joining the company, she held senior roles with Oracle and Novell

In the new role, she is in charge of growing the company’s A/NZ presence, including a renewed focus on the public sector and key industries such as financial services and retail.

“The growth opportunity for Micro Focus in A/NZ is very apparent,” Kelly said. “Our application modernisation business is performing extremely well as companies look at how they can continue to extra value from their mainframe investments while retaining the ability to innovate in a timely and cost-effective fashion.”

Kelly also said Micro Focus is seeing interest on the testing front as organisations embrace online and mobile environments, particularly in the consumer-facing sectors of banking, financial services, and retail.

Growing staff

To support its A/NZ growth, Micro Focus is investing increase its headcount across the region this year.

It plans to employ senior account managers to service strategic account, as well as pre-sales resources who will work closely with customers to ensure maximum ROI.

In addition, the company said it is looking to grow its channel ecosystem in A/NZ.

“We will continue to invest in hiring great people to support future growth and to provide the best possible level of service to our customers,” Kelly said.

“We see our channel partners as an extension of our sales and technical team and will continue to support them in growing their market share and building strong customer relationships.”

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