APPOINTMENTS: Akamai, Hyro, Samsung, BitCloud and Parallels
- 09 December, 2011 16:11
Akamai appoints Fitzpatrick as director
Cloud service provider, Akamai Technologies, has appointed Rachael Fitzpatrick as Human Resource (HR) director for the Asia-Pacific and Japan region.
Fitzpatrick, originally from Australia, will be responsible for HR strategy and management, playing a key role in driving Akamai’s expansion strategy in the region. She brings with her a broad HR background having worked in the information technology, insurance and shipping industries. Her areas of expertise include merger and acquisition activities, benefits harmonisation, market pricing and benchmarking strategies and coaching and neuroscience in the workplace. Based in Singapore, she will report to Akamai senior director HR business partnering, Linda Pettingell. The company aims to continue to strengthen its human resources in view of growth in the region – driven especially by trends in Cloud adoption, mobility, eCommerce, next generation media and social networking services.
Hyro names new CEO
Australian digital agency, Hyro, has named Dr Anthony Poiner as its CEO following the promotion of former CEO, Bill Votsaris, to the role of executive director.
As executive director, Votsaris will focus specifically on progressing a number of strategic initiatives within Australia and overseas. He will also provide support and insight to Dr. Poiner as he concentrates on the immediate operational matters in Australia.
Votsaris held the role of CEO since February 2008.
As his first point of focus, Dr. Poiner intends to build on the platform that the company has already achieved, by putting the customer as the centre of focus and bringing better technology solutions.
“As one of the first digital agency in Australia, I look forward to moving Hyro into its next stage of development. A key part of that is our Idaptive technology, which we will be bringing more into the market. Over the coming year, we will be embedding capabilities for fast growth,” Dr. Poiner said.
He said the company is aiming to build on its industry capabilities in financial services, banking, insurance, as well as in the media, telco and government space.
In staying ahead of the field, Dr Poiner is expecting to make some changes in the evolution process although there is not yet a pre-determined plan.
Prior to this role, he held key leadership positions at St George and Westpac as a general manager of a number of divisions.
He also formerly served as a senior partner with Bain and Company since 2005 and during his 16-year management consulting career, he focused on supporting chief executives closely through significant business transformations.
Skropidis resigns from Samsung Electronics Australia
Samsung Electronics Australia has confirmed that Lambro Skropidis has resigned from the company.
Skropidis formerly held the role of head of marketing within the corporate marketing division and had been with the company since May 2008.
Skropidis’ resignation took effect from December 1.
Samsung has commenced an executive search in Australia and overseas for Skropidis’ replacement.
In the meantime, all corporate marketing related enquiries will be handled by corporate communications manager, Jai Sanderson.
BitCloud engages Giles as national service manager
Cloud-based services provider, BitCloud, has announced the appointment of Tony Giles as national service manager, based in Sydney.
He will be responsible for managing customers from pre-sales through to implementation and ongoing service support.
Giles joins BitCloud with 20 years of industry experience in a variety of technical environments and a diversity of roles including: staff management, sales, IT consulting and project management.
He has previously worked with a variety of organisation such as Luna Park Sydney, Kellogg’s, McDonalds, Electrolux, IBM, Westpac, Colgate Palmolive, QBE, Telstra, Cerebral Palsy Alliance and several councils – including Holroyd, Bankstown, Sutherland Shire and Parramatta City Councils.
Throughout his career he has managed a large number of employees, built and managed technology infrastructure and innovation systems, implemented media delivery systems, improved communication infrastructure, developed and implemented customer relationship management systems and changed organisational culture towards a greater focus on customer service delivery.
Parallels hires Greely as A/NZ channel manager
Cloud services provider, Parallels, has hired Kevin Greely as its latest A/NZ channel manager.
According to the company, Greely’s appointment builds upon Parallels recent A/NZ distribution partnership with Express Online to support the strong demand for Parallels products and services.
In his new role, he will initially focus on meeting the growing demand for Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac.
“We will leverage his deep channel experience to further expand our retail channel while strengthening the brand across A/NZ,” Parallels A/NZ general manager, Neil Morarji, said.
Greely has over 12 years’ experience in retail distribution, with a particular focus on software and consumer electronics. Having gained extensive knowledge in areas such as business planning, marketing, market strategy and market power exploitation, Greely also specialises in training, channel management and sell through strategy.
Originally from Ireland, he holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Trinity College, Dublin.