Intel Asia-Pacific and Japan regional sales director, Philip Cronin, will resign from his position at the end of this year. He leaves the company after 18 years in various roles within the organisation.
“I have been travelling across the Asia-Pacific and Japan region for the last three years and it’s been challenging in that respect and I’ve missed the Australian market. I made a decision that I want to stop doing an Asia-Pacific and Japan role and focus on the local market,” he told ARN.
“I joined Intel for what I thought was just going to be two years and I have had a fantastic journey from running the company’s channel business through to being the managing director for nearly seven years before taking on the Asia-Pacific and Japan position. But there comes a point in time where you need to reexamine your priorities and I’ve missed being in the Australian market.”
Cronin, an ARN Hall of Fame inductee, also said that upon his departure there will be a few changes within Intel. Its enterprise business units, which are becoming vertically focused, will be set up to reflect that change. A successor to Cronin’s role will be named at a later date.
Under his leadership, Intel Australia became an advisor to the Government's $100 million Smart Grid-Smart City initiative. He was also an original member of WITEM (Women in IT Executive Mentoring) group.
Cronin said he will take a short break before selecting a local role to work in.
“I’m going to take a holiday over Christmas and January and want to take some time out with the family. It will give me some time to recharge before I get back into the market,” he said.
Cronin indicated it is a good time in the local market and he sees plenty of areas for new adventures. He highlighted the data analytics space and the Government’s innovation agenda as some of the areas he potentially sees himself moving into.
“I’m excited – there are so many parts in this disruptive nature of technologies that are coming through. There’s this energy around the role that ICT plays in the economy and society so it’s a pretty good time to be in ICT in the Australian market. It’s in a pivotal moment with great opportunities.
“I’ve given some thought to what I want to do next but I haven’t settled on what that is. I’m keeping my options open. I’ve had 30 years’ experience within the ICT sector, in major multi-nationals and I’ve also run small businesses in the past so I want to apply my experiences in my future role,” he said.
Cronin also said to remain in this industry, businesses and people need to adapt quickly to changes to stay ahead of the curve.
“I want to be a part of the next wave of our industry,” he said.
Prior to his Intel years, Cronin was product marketing manager at Tech Pacific for six years.
He also served as the chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association, (AIIA) from 2010 to 2012, and was a member of the NSW advisory panel to advise the Minister for Finance and Services on ICT strategy.
He is also an active member of the Starlight IT Fund for Kids, an ICT industry based charity which raises funds to utilise ICT in delivering benefits for children suffering with long-term illness.