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Hitachi Data Systems Appoints Channel Business Lead in the Asia Pacific Region

  • 08 January, 2007 16:02

<p>SYDNEY, Australia – 8 January 2007 – Hitachi Data Systems, provider of Application Optimised Storage™ solutions and a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced the appointment of Michael Heitz as Senior Director for its Channel Business in Asia Pacific. He will oversee all of Hitachi Data Systems’ existing channels and strategic partnership functions in the Asia Pacific region.</p>
<p>Mr. Heitz will work with Hitachi Data Systems’ channel organisation and channel partners to bring enterprise-class solutions to large and small organisations in the Asia Pacific region. He will also adapt and implement the global channel strategy within the region to ensure alignment between regional goals and overall company strategy and to position the APAC channel business optimally for further growth and success.</p>
<p>Heitz brings to the role a proven track record in Hitachi’s Australian and New Zealand business, where he made the company one of the leading channel organisations in the industry. Prior to joining Hitachi, Michael had extensive experience in building channel businesses and leading teams across Europe and Australia as well as introducing advanced technologies into both the SMB and enterprise markets.</p>
<p>"Hitachi Data Systems’ partnership model gains us a time-to-market advantage over our competition, as well as delivers customer-focused solutions that are already proven best-in-class,” said Karen Sigman, vice president, Global Channels, Hitachi Data Systems. “With Michael's appointment, we will continue this successful approach to increase market share in the enterprise and SMB segments in Asia Pacific."</p>
<p>According to Michael Cremen, senior vice President and general manager, Asia Pacific, Hitachi Data Systems, “Our channel strategy remains key as we continue to build success in the enterprise and grow our business in the mid-market. We are certain that with Michael Heitz’s leadership, our reliable partnership networks, our sales support teams and proven solutions, organisations of all sizes in the region will reap the benefits of Hitachi’s enterprise-class application optimised storage solutions.”</p>
<p>“Our network of partners and distributors has been instrumental in helping us garner market share in the Asia Pacific market,” said Michael Heitz. “I look forward to further developing Hitachi Data Systems’ success in the region through our channels organisation.”</p>
<p>About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems leverages global R&amp;D resources to develop storage solutions built on industry-leading technology with the performance, availability and scalability to maximise customers' ROI and minimise their risk. By focusing on the customer's perspective as we apply the best hardware, software, and services from Hitachi and our partners, we uniquely satisfy our customers' business needs. With approximately 3,200 employees, Hitachi Data Systems conducts business through direct and indirect channels in the public, government and private sectors in over 170 countries and regions. Its customers include more than 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies. For more information, please visit our Web site at</p>
<p>About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 347,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2004 (ended March 31, 2005) consolidated sales totaled 9,027.0 billion yen (US$84.4 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s Website at
<p>© 2006, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. Hitachi Data Systems is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark and service mark of Hitachi, Ltd. TagmaStore is a trademark of Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. All other trade names, trademarks, and service marks used herein are the rightful property of their respective owners.</p>

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