Meet David Bolt, the man who is about to make a skip-and-a-hop from being IBM's senior PC national marketing manager, to Intel Australia's general manager.
Bolt replaces Intel's current general manager, Tony Jansz, now based in Singapore following his promotion to regional sales manager for South East Asia. Jansz, who has been in charge of Intel's local operations for the last two years, says Bolt's "formal engineering qualifications" gave him strong grounding against other candidates vying for the position.
Jansz says that Intel approached Bolt following a "couple of months" of extensively seeking a suitable replacement. "What I was looking [for was someone] to continue the momentum that I think we've got in the Australian market of being technologically aware and being able to communicate Intel's technology directions and strategies to multiple audiences."
Intel expects strong revenue growth for the fourth quarter resulting in significantly higher sales than the $US5.14 billion it posted for the third quarter, dependent on continued strength in sales of PCs and billings through the remainder of the quarter. The company also expects its gross margins in the quarter to exceed the 57 per cent level it posted for the last quarter.
"This year the AP region as a proportion of Intel's business has gone from 14 per cent in Q1, to 18 per cent in Q2 and to 21 per cent in Q3. It shows significant growth," Jansz said.