Brennan IT appoints Simon Wheeler as CIO

Brennan IT LogoSydney, Australia – Brennan IT has appointed Simon Wheeler as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Simon will develop and manage Brennan IT’s internal technology strategy with a major focus on the transformation of its current IT systems and processes to automate, standardise, and implement best practices.

Stephen Sims, CEO, Brennan IT, said, “Simon brings a wealth of experience to the Brennan IT leadership team having previously been the CTO at Nine Entertainment, CIO at Bauer Media Group, and, most recently a Director at Oakton”.

This is an immensely important mandate, as Brennan IT is fully committed to transforming the business in line with its strategy of becoming Australia’s most trusted managed services provider.

Stephen Sims, said, “Simon has more than 20 years of experience in senior roles, with a strong track record as a tech leader as well as developing, recruiting, and retaining top talent. He has been successful in delivering transformational initiatives and working in complex, challenging environments.”
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Qualtrics Adds Microsoft Executive as COO to Continue Exponential Growth and Global Expansion Ahead of IPO

Qualtrics LogoQualtrics, provider of the world’s leading insight platform, announced the appointment of veteran Microsoft executive Zig Serafin as the company’s chief operating officer. Serafin will relocate from Washington to Utah, to lead operations during a time of rapid growth and international expansion for Qualtrics.

“We are excited to bring an industry luminary of Zig’s caliber on board as we continue growing aggressively,” said Ryan Smith, co-founder and CEO of Qualtrics. “Qualtrics is scaling at an incredible rate and there’s no better person to help us add a new level of operational efficiency than Zig. He brings a wealth of experience developing products, scaling complex organizations, and building amazing teams.”

“This has been a very long and selective search and Ryan and I feel we’ve found the perfect partner in Zig,” said Jared Smith, co-founder and acting COO of Qualtrics. “Qualtrics is passing 1,200 employees, expanding product lines, and has started IPO planning. Zig is a phenomenal operator and will bring considerable experience leading cross-functional teams on a global scale. We couldn’t be happier about having him join our team.” Read more ❯

Ben Darling appointment boosts Konica Minolta Australia’s 3D printing expansion

Konica Minolta Logo Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia has appointed 3D printing expert Ben Darling to the role of 3D Printing and Wide Format Sales Specialist for Australia’s southern region. His appointment will help drive the expansion of its rapidly-growing 3D printing business in the local market.

With a background in 3D printing that spans half a decade, Ben brings a wealth of knowledge to Konica Minolta’s 3D printing business. In his new role, he will help meet the needs of Konica Minolta’s 3D printing customers in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

Ben Darling explained, “As the Additive Manufacturing industry continues to use 3D printing for production of end use parts, especially in the areas of medical and low volume high value manufacturing, 3D printers are increasingly becoming a mission critical part of organisations that have invested in the technology. This means that service response times have never been more important to the success of our customers. With a national footprint of service technicians Konica Minolta is able to maintain a minimum response to have a technician onsite. There is currently not another 3D Printer supplier in Australia that can match Konica Minolta service.”
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Palo Alto Networks appoints Sean Duca as Vice President & Regional Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific

June 16, 2015Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the leader in enterprise security, has announced the appointment of Sean Duca as Vice President & Regional Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Asia Pacific.

Duca, who is based in Sydney, Australia, will be responsible for the development of threat intelligence security best practices and thought leadership for Palo Alto Networks in the region. This includes strengthening security initiatives and maintaining good channels of communications and support for Palo Alto Networks’ customers across Asia Pacific. Sean also will be a key addition to the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence team, Unit 42, actively contributing to an APAC perspective on the latest findings of cyber threats.

With more than 17 years of experience in the IT security space, Duca is widely recognised as a thought leader in the technology industry. He has provided expert guidance and advice to the Australian government around online safety issues, and on cybersecurity matters to the public and private sector within Asia Pacific. Read more ❯

UXC Limited Appoints Group CIO and CTO

UXC LogoUXC Limited has appointed Craig Wishart to the role of Group Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Mr Wishart has many years of experience in technology and operational roles where he has spearheaded business transformation initiatives delivering major improvements and process efficiencies. His past senior roles include:

• CIO & Executive General Manager for Customer Care at Service Steam
• Technology Executive for ANZ Bank
• General Manager, Customer Solutions & Operations for Telstra
• Program Manager for Rio Tinto (SAP Program)
• General Manager, Technology Application Development/Delivery for Sensis.

Mr Wishart will have overall responsibility for the UXC group’s IT strategy, policies and programs. This is especially crucial as the group moves towards a more unified IT structure.

Mr Wishart will also take a market-facing role at UXC. In this he will lead discussions with customers on the management of IT where these may provide benefit to the customer and assist UXC in its go to market efforts.
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OBS appoints Saul Sabath as WA branch manager

OBS LogoNovember 12, 2012 – OBS has appointed Saul Sabath as Perth’s new branch manager to support the rapid growth in the Western Australian market. Saul joins OBS from NEC/CSG, where he was General Manager -Services and Strategy. At OBS, he will be responsible for the Western Australian business and driving further growth in the region.

Saul has over 13 years of experience in the IT sector. At NEC/CSG he was responsible for the development and performance of sales and revenue activities, developing and maintaining marketing strategies and the development and performance of Vendor/Partner relationships. Saul was pivotal in building the company’s Microsoft practice, growing the Microsoft SharePoint group to be the leaders in WA and leading east coast expansion with enterprise projects in Microsoft CRM/XRM.

“We are pleased to welcome Saul as the newest member of the OBS management team,” said Andy Neumann, Managing Director of OBS. “He has solid connections in the Perth customer base, as well as the national Microsoft team. With him on board, we’re expecting the Perth branch to grow even further in the next 12 months.”
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Wavelink appoints John Marshall, channel manager

John MarshallSydney, November 10, 2009 – Wavelink Communications, a value added distributor of business IP telephony and wireless solutions, has appointed John Marshall as channel manager.

Marshall will be responsible for supporting Wavelink’s strategic relationships with its existing NSW and Queensland reseller base, which includes specialist resellers, systems integrators, vendors and carriers. As well as this, John will be responsible for expanding Wavelink’s channel numbers in the IP area. He will also work with Wavelink’s sales engineers and channel partners on major opportunities.

Jonathan Ordman, director, Wavelink says, “John brings to Wavelink a wealth of experience in identifying growth opportunities and strengthening partnerships with all levels of business. We are thrilled to have him put his energy, savvy and excellent relationship-building skills to what is a key position within Wavelink.”

Previously employed at Zylotech as business development manager, Marshall was in charge of managing IT distributors, resellers and end-user business. Before that, Marshall held roles as distribution manager at Kyocera Mita Australia and business development manager at Epson Australia where he oversaw all major tender installations. Read more ❯