Software AG appoints Taylor Vice President ANZ
Software AG, provider of Business Process Excellence solutions, has announced the appointment of Greg Taylor as Vice President Australia & New Zealand. He joins the company with the remit to deliver sustainable, profitable and dynamic growth in the region. Taylor joins Software AG following a successful fifteen-year stint with Oracle where he held a number of senior roles, the most recent being Vice President & GM Fusion Middleware, Australia and New Zealand. Drawing on his 10+ years’ experience in the middleware market, Taylor is tasked with contributing to Software AG’s global objective to double in size by 2015 and executing on Software AG’s strategic vision of helping its customers achieve business results – faster. Software AG, the owner of solutions such as webMethods, ARIS, and Terracotta, recently unveiled the strategy for its Next-Generation Data Management Platform. Software AG’s BigMemory product is currently deployed at many large enterprise customers saving millions of dollars in IT related costs due to unnecessary hardware & software. The company builds on BigMemory with capabilities that include in-flight processing of events and services for data profiling and aggregation, making real-time business analytics possible. In addition, Software AG will enable the processing of data from all environments¾transactional, analytic, relational/non-relational, Hadoop/NoSQL and social¾in a single in-memory store. This solution brings “Snap In” convenience saving costs while increasing business performance where it counts—at the customer facing business systems.
Adobe hires Conroy’s Brady for marcomms role
Adobe has appointed Suzie Brady— the Comms and Broadband Minister’s former senior media adviser—as its ANZ Communications Manager, reporting to Julie Cleeland Nicholls, head of APAC corporate communications. It is Brady’s first position since leaving Conroy’s office. Brady has also worked as a radio journalist in Sydney and regional New South Wales, and was most recently senior media advisor for Senator Conroy across his broadband, communications and digital economy work – she left just before the release of the convergence report in April and was replaced by Adam Sims. Her ten years’ experience has touched on strategic communications, media relations, stakeholder engagement, government relations and event management. She will be responsible for Adobe’s communications strategy across Australia and New Zealand, and will work on traditional and social media as well as managing executive and employee communications. She replaces Andy Sommer, who left to join PPR as a group director.
Informatica appoints Franco Flore Channel Sales Manager ANZ
Informatica Corporation has appointed Franco Flore as channel sales manager for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Flore will be responsible for growing Informatica’s channel program in ANZ. He will also manage the local implementation of Informatica’s INFORM Partner Program for the channel including enablement, working with partners on joint solutions and go-to-market of the Informatica Platform. Flore brings more than 20 years of IT experience to Informatica, which includes extensive experience working with the channel. His previous roles include partner account manager at Macquarie Telecom and channels and alliances manager ANZ for Compuware Asia Pacific. Flore has also held various other management roles at Compuware Asia Pacific, Europe and South Africa.
Lord appointed Country Manager, NZ, Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Lord as Country Manager, New Zealand. Ken Lord has been with Juniper Networks since 2008, initially leading the team in New Zealand responsible for driving the company’s business in the Service Provider sector. In taking over as Country Manager he will leverage more than 15 years experience in the Telco sector to drive Juniper’s business across New Zealand. He has previously held senior engineering and business development roles with both carriers and vendors. Additionally, Ian Quinn, Director, Converged Supercore, Asia Pacific, will now form part of Juniper Networks’ APAC Advanced Technologies team, specialising in Converged Supercore. He is now based in Hong Kong.
Thunderhead.com appoints Chris Manton-Jones as Chief Operating Officer
Thunderhead.com has announced the appointment of Chris Manton-Jones to the position of Chief Operating Officer. In this role Chris will have worldwide responsibility for all revenue earning operations of the company, including sales and customer success divisions. Chris brings extensive general management and sales experience, and a global focus on cross functional execution, underpinned by a commitment to customer and business led value realisation. Chris joins Thunderhead.com at an important time, as the company gears itself to leverage the significant opportunities opening up to it as it maintains its aggressive investment in innovation in customer experience. He joins Thunderhead.com from a global sales leadership role at IBM’s Enterprise Marketing Management (EMM) Division, which was formed through the acquisitions of Unica and Coremetrics in 2010. This business unit quickly became one of the fastest growing business units for IBM, rapidly achieving revenue in excess of $400m through explosive organic growth as well as inorganic expansion.