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APPOINTMENTS: latest from BigCommerce, Meridian Systems, Allied Telesis, and Retriever Communcations

APPOINTMENTS: latest from BigCommerce, Meridian Systems, Allied Telesis, and Retriever Communcations

Power to drive BigCommerce sales, Petersen to expand Meridian APAJ presence, Yakob joins Allied Telesis, mobility expert joins Retriever

Steven Power to drive BigCommerce sales

Ecommerce platform, BigCommerce has appointed Steven Power to drive its worldwide sales in the newly created position of chief revenue officer for global operations.

The position was created as the company hit a stretch point at the leadership level and required experienced sales and marketing within its C-Suite, according to BigCommerce co-founder, Eddi Machaalani.

BigCommerce co-founder, Mitch Harper, labelled Power an “exceptional find” and said he will be a key player in guaranteeing the company’s growth.

“Power is that rare breed of business leader whose vast experience means he is as comfortable working at a dynamic, high growth start-up, as he is working within a large corporate environment driving multi-million dollar revenues,” Harper said.

Prior to joining BigCommerce, Power held the position of CSO at ReachLocal. Before that, he was the company’s Australian CEO.


Meridian appoints Petersen to expand APAJ presence

‘Plan-Build-Operate’ software provider and Trimble Australia company, Meridian Systems, has appointed Chris Petersen as APAJ regional manager to increase its presence within the market.

Petersen will be based in Sydney, and will be responsible for accelerating the company’s construction project management software business. This includes sales, market development, account management, and channel partnerships.

His focus will be on supporting Meridian’s Prolog construction project management software for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) companies. He will also be in charge of the Proliance capital program management software.

Petersen has 16 years’ experience in IT sales and channel partner management. He has held roles at IBM, Compuware, Opentext, and salesforce.com.


Yakob appointed for channel partner support at Allied Telesis

Rick Yakob has joined IP and Ethernet switching solutions provider, Allied Telesis, as enterprise development manager.

Based in Sydney, Yakob will be responsible for channel partner support and business development for a range of video, voice and data network solutions to clients in multiple markets. These include government, healthcare, defence, education, retail, hospitality, and network service providers.

“Yakob’s strong industry knowledge and experience with senior executive management will assist greatly as we continue to drive growth within Australia,” Allied Telesis A/NZ country manager, Scott Penno, said. “His technical knowledge, channel focus and business acumen will be of great benefit.”

Prior to joining Allied Telesis, Yakob spent five years at HP, where he held a number of commercial account and business development roles.

He has also held roles at Fujitsu, Data#3, Synergy Plus, and Integrated Wireless.


Retriever appoints mobility specialist, Steve Shultz

Mobile field force automation provider, Retriever Communications, is strengthening its global service delivery and support with the addition of Steve Schultz as operations director.

Schultz will be managing the implementation of major mobility deployments from Sydney. He will also oversee ongoing customer and partner support and service desk operations for the company’s global operations.

“Schultz brings to Retriever an intimate knowledge of enterprise mobility technologies,” Retriever CEO and co-founder, Mary Brittain-White, said.

Previously, Schultz worked in a range of roles at Telstra within sales and engineering divisions. Altogether, he has over 25 years’ experience in senior engineering and management roles in ICT.


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