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New year, new faces

New year, new faces

Several IT companies have fresh faces at the helm as they set about reaching their business goals for 2003. The newly appointed Australia and New Zealand managing directors of e-business software solutions provider SAP, Internet service provider Yahoo, direct dealer Dell and services and solutions provider Unisys will all be hoping to make positive impressions.

SAP has promoted Geraldine McBride, former senior vice president of consumer and manufacturing in the US, to CEO and MD. With 10 years at SAP and a further decade at IBM in New Zealand and South Africa, she replaces Chris Bennett, who resigned for personal reasons, according to a company statement.

“We will be focusing on growth in the A/NZ region, ranging from mid-market strategy to making sure we are very strong in CRM,” McBride said.

Clifford Rosenberg will take up his new position at Yahoo Australia in March after a two-year stint as Australian MD of wireless application service provider iTouch. “What really excited me about Yahoo was the team on board and the massive brand behind them,” he said. “There is so much potential and I will be looking to build on that.” Rosenberg has worked as a consultant for 10 years and has also held a variety of roles with Telkom South Africa, Cable and Wireless and Vodafone. He replaces Nic Jones, who left in November.

Meanwhile, at Dell, David Miller has flown in from Austin, Texas, to take up the reins with former Australian MD Michael Gibson heading back in the other direction. Miller has been with Dell for three years in the US, where he was initially sales leader for large corporate accounts and went on to become MD of the outbound OEM business.

Prior to that, he worked in the channel as sales vice-president for Californian firm Wyle Electronics. “Let’s just say I have experience on both sides of the fence and I am quite happy with my seat,” he said.

New recruit Andrew Barkla takes charge at Unisys with previous incumbent Ron Frankenfield remaining with the company as vice-president and general manager for Asia-Pacific, concentrating on establishing growth in China and Korea. Barkla arrives from Peoplesoft where he was vice-president and general manager Asia-Pacific. Prior to that, he held a number of executive positions during an eight-year stint with System Software Associates.


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