LifeSize expands A/NZ sales team
Logitech division, LifeSize Communications, has appointed Mike Vallender as its business development manager of ICT service providers and Heath Christie as regional A/NZ sales manager of the southern region.
Vallender will be responsible for improving LifeSize solution sales in the Australian telco and service provider sector.
Christie will be in charge of recruiting new channel partners, driving the company’s go-to-market channel strategy and managing its strategic enterprise accounts.
Vallender has had more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining Lifesize, he worked at Telstra, Windlab Systems, HotCopper Australia, Bourse Data and OzEmail.
Christie joins LifeSize from Tandberg and also worked at Freshtel.
“Both Mike and Heath will play an integral role in our continued expansion managing all aspects of our rapidly growing new business opportunities in the southern region as well as in the telecommunications and service provider business,” LifeSize Communications A/NZ country manager, Tim Fulton, said.
They will both be based in the company’s Melbourne office.
Interactive Intelligence expands Australian business
Unified IP communications vendor, Interactive Intelligence recently announced the appointments of Andrew Austin as Australian territory manager and Wei Min Khoo as pre-sales engineer.
According to the company, the new appointments were made to expand its Australian business, covering business development and pre-sales engineering.
Austin previously worked for Verint Systems, Information Technologies Australia, NICE Systems and Quality Plus Callscan.
He will report directly to Interactive Intelligence A/NZ and Pacific managing director, Brendan Maree.
Khoo previously worked for Telstra, eSOON Software, NEC Business Solutions, Genesys Laboratories and HP.
Both Austin and Khoo will be based in Melbourne.
Olson to lead Transpire’s strategic alignment business
Strategic IT consulting services provider, Transpire, has appointed Jeff Olson as head of strategy alignment business.
With his appointment, the company intends to focus on expanding the business, especially within the financial services, media and the government sectors.
It recently completed projects for some of Australia’s largest banks, NBN Co, NRMA, TRUenergy and Woolworths among others and was also recently appointed by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) to sit on its telecommunications panel.
Prior to joining Transpire, Olson worked for Ernst & Young and Oracle.
During the past 20 years, Olson has also been involved in various business transformation and IT strategy projects across industries including financial services, mining, utilities and aviation.
He intends to use his expertise in IT strategy development, portfolio and program management, business transformation and enterprise architecture in his new role.
“A lot of organisations are looking at new technologies such as Cloud and considering how they can derive strategic business value from them. They have the grand vision, but the missing link is often how to translate that into an actionable plan that aligns IT with an organisation’s overall business objectives,” Olson said.