Hanspeter Eiselt, previously Ingram Micro’s executive director and general manager of volume and consumer business unit, has taken up a COO role with Network Neighbourhood in a move to take more ownership over a company’s direction.
Network Neighbourhood is an education specialist integrator owned by Hugh Marquis, and employs about 160 people people.
Operating out of Melbourne, the integrator is looking at ramping up its presence in the market, and later New Zealand, and one of Eiselt’s first roles will be to establish a Sydney office.
“Education is still one of the largest growth opportunities,” Eiselt said. “Hugh [Marquis] and I have been in conversations for several months, and it’s a company that’s not just about box moving. It has a play in networking infrastructure, the NBN, data storage.
“What I liked about the company is that it’s a small, privately owned organisation and it gives me an opportunity for a true leadership position.”
Eiselt said the role with Network Neighbourhood is perhaps his most personal role to date. His previous two roles, with Ingram Micro and before that, Autodesk, were with multinational corporations, so he was looking forward to flexibility in his new role.
He said the departure from Ingram Micro was amicable. Though the business unit he was in charge of was hit hardest by Ingram's SAP implementation earlier in the year, he said he was confident the worst was well past and the unit was back
Before relocating to Australia three years ago, Eiselt spent three years in several leadership roles with Tech Data. Eiselt also held positions at Compaq Computers in the US and Germany as well as sales and marketing roles at Dell in the US from 1997- 2000.