Huawei Australia appoints new CEO and enterprise channel lead

Huawei Australia appoints new CEO and enterprise channel lead

Second time outgoing Australian CEO, James Zhao, has been replaced again in less than 12 months

George Huang - CEO, Huawei Australia

George Huang - CEO, Huawei Australia

Just weeks after appointing former Leading Edge Group channel man, Lee Hayes, as new enterprise channel manager, Huawei Australia has named Huang Ji as CEO, replacing outgoing James Zhao.

This is the second time that Zhao has left the CEO role. In March 2017, Huawei appointed Meng Xiaojie as CEO also replacing Zhao, who held the role since 2014.

The vendor has told ARN that Xiaojie only stayed in the role for two months, prompting Zhao to return to the post of CEO until now.

Huang, also known as George Huang, joined Huawei in 1996 and, before moving to Australia, headed up Huawei’s global human resources division, with the vendor maintaining a global practice of rotating senior executives across different countries.

Huang had previously served as chief of Huawei’s Nanjing and Indian R&D centres, president of consumer software product line, president of the global device cloud business unit and human resources vice president of the Middle East region.

“The Australian market provides strong opportunities for us in the carrier and enterprise sectors,” Huang said. “We will persist on our 4.5G and 5G journey and keep delivering innovative ICT solutions.

“We will continue to share our global knowledge and experience to build a better connected Australia.”

Huawei’s Australian board of directors expects Huang to drive performance in the Australian market.

“With extensive experience across a range of diverse markets, the board is confident George will drive further success in Australia,” Huawei Australia chairman, John Lord, said.

“George will be focused on highlighting Huawei’s global 5G and IoT leadership in the local marketplace, growing the enterprise business in the mining, transport and other vertical sectors and elevating the Huawei consumer device brand.”

Meanwhile, Huawei Australia appointed Hayes, formerly the national channel manager for Leading Edge Group between 2009 and 2014, as its new as enterprise channel manager at the beginning of the year, with the new appointment overseeing the management of partners in New South Wales.

Hayes replaces Mark Rook who left the company in August 2017 after six years with the vendor.

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