NEC Australia has hired its first non-Japanese managing director, Alan Hyde.
He replaces Wataru Takeuchi, who has returned to Japan. This is the first time in the vendor’s 41-year history that it has hired a local to head up its Australian operations.
He has also held a number of senior positions at PeopleSoft Australia and UK, and started his career at IBM.
The vendor views Hyde’s experience, understanding of the Australian services market and his customer-centric approach, as an advantage in driving new business.
“This appointment marks a clear and serious signal of NEC’s intent to focus on and accelerate the growth of its systems integration and services businesses in Australia,” the vendor said in a statement.
NEC Asia-Pacific CEO, Kiyofumi Kusaka, said Hyde’s local knowledge and expertise would pay huge dividends as it seeks to embrace new markets and enter a new period of growth.