Nokia Networks names new A/NZ boss

Ray Owen to lead transition to "telco Cloud" and SDN
Nokia Networks appoints Ray Owen head of A/NZ region.

Nokia Networks appoints Ray Owen head of A/NZ region.

Nokia Networks has appointed Ray Owen to lead a strategy of accelerating radio, growing professional services and managing the transition to "telco Cloud" and Software-Defined Networking.

Owen, as head of Australia and New Zealand, will be responsible for managing Nokia Networks' sales and operations across the region.

In addition to further strengthening the company’s long-standing relationships with the operator community, he will also play a pivotal role in exploring business opportunities in the Internet of Things and Analytics, according to a company statement.

"As part of Nokia’s overall vision in enabling the programmable world and five billion people expected to be connected by 2020, Nokia Networks is focused on harnessing the potential that the mobile broadband business offers in the Australian and New Zealand market," according to a company statement.

Owen will report to Nokia Networks' senior vice president of Asia Pacific, Paul Tyler.

Tyler said Owen had incredible insights on markets across Asia, along with experience in driving best-in-class solutions needed by our customers in Australia and New Zealand.

"He is a perfect fit to drive Nokia Networks’ business momentum in the region,” he said.

Owen said the company was stronger and better than it ever had ever been in the network industry.

"We are now building upon that momentum to further enhance our brand image and perception in the market," he said.

"I am geared up for that challenge and commit my efforts to boost Nokia Networks’ footprint in Australia and New Zealand.”