Integrator, 3D Networks, has appointed Rod Taylor as its new CEO as it looks to broaden its vendor horizons and claw back its position on the market.
Taylor said he was attracted to the position based on the pedigree of 3D Networks.
He was previously based in Singapore with Agilent Technologies where he ran its Asia-Pacific operations.
Taylor replaces Nick Avakian who was appointed CEO in September 2008.
“3D Networks was a competitor in a previous position I held some time ago, and I had a high opinion of it, so I jumped at the opportunity to re-engineer it and get it back to the greatness it once held,” he said.
“In the past it was focused entirely on Nortel, and I feel that if we stay on that course we won’t grow as desired by our customers.”
Taylor identified strengthening relationships with Cisco and Juniper as initial points of focus in his new role as he steers 3D Networks to being more vendor agnostic.
The integrator is also hiring for other positions, following a recent downsizing.
“We’re bringing on an additional eight to 10 people, as we need to improve our vendor relationships and develop different and broader skill sets in presales and sales,” Taylor said. “We’re also hiring business development people in Sydney and Melbourne.”
3D Networks also recently lost its sales director, Chris Seaman, whose role has recently been filled by Eduardo Piriz.