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Nortel Appoints Neville James As National Channels And Marketing Manager

  • 21 June, 2007 10:14

<p>Networking vendor Nortel has appointed Neville James as its channels and marketing manager for Australia and New Zealand, a new position created as part of Nortel’s expanding Enterprise Solutions team.</p>
<p>In his new role, James will be in charge of a team that manages Nortel’s major channel partners, including Commander, Optus, Telstra, and 3D Networks. He will also be responsible for managing Nortel’s Enterprise Marketing team, which runs numerous promotions, roadshows, and other sales support campaigns throughout ANZ.</p>
<p>“One of the biggest challenges we face in the IT industry in Australia is a dearth of skills,” says James. “There’s not a very big gene pool of qualified post-implementation people, especially as the industry converges.</p>
<p>“There’s a tremendous opportunity in the market at the moment with the maturation of IP telephony into full-blown Unified Communications solutions, and there’s simply not enough people equally comfortable with both voice and data networks to fuel it properly,” says James.</p>
<p>“As we enter an age of Hyperconnectivity, the move to Unified Communications is gathering momentum. We plan to intensify the channel training programs we already run for all our partners and skill them up to take advantage of this massive growth area for our business and the industry in general. In turn this will make the business transition to Unified Communications as simple as possible for their customers,” he adds.</p>
<p>James joins Nortel from Commander Australia, where he worked for 12 months as part of an agreement that saw Commander purchase a systems integration business he owned, Converge2. Previous to Commander he managed several businesses selling network equipment from a range of vendors, including Nortel. He also worked as a New South Wales channel account manager for Ericsson, where he began his IT career more than 10 years ago.</p>
<p>“Neville joins us with extensive experience in the industry, and we look forward to his expertise in guiding our Unified Communications and other channel initiatives through our established network of nPower partners,” says Mark Fioretto, general manager, Enterprise Solutions, Australia and New Zealand, Nortel.</p>
<p>“With his grassroots experience as a Nortel business partner, and his broader channel work with other vendors, he will no doubt prove a valuable asset to our growing team of Enterprise Solutions professionals,” says Fioretto.</p>
<p>James holds an Honours degree in Economics from Monash University in Melbourne.</p>
<p>About Nortel</p>
<p>Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel’s technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.</p>
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