Channel shakers: Nakamasu has a shot for Canon

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Imaging giant Canon has named Takanobu Nakamasu as managing director of the Oceania division. Nakamasu replaces Kenji Kobayashi, who was managing director for almost three years and takes up a new assignment in the Canon Group as managing director of Canon France.

Nakamasu will lead the company’s short and longer term strategic direction and moves into his new role from a group executive position at Canon Inc in Tokyo. He brings with him rich experience of Canon Europe, where he spent more than 20 years of his 30-year tenure with the Canon Group.

“I’m joining Canon Oceania at an exciting time in its history,” Nakamasu said. “I look forward to leading the organisation as we continue our transformation to a full services and solutions provider

in business imaging and continue to add value for our consumers, not only at the time of purchase, but throughout the life of their product.”

Canon Oceania companies include Canon Australia, Canon New Zealand, Canon Finance Australia, Canon Finance New Zealand

and Lamberts. In his new role Nakamasu will oversee more than 1200 employees in Australia and New Zealand. He is based in the Sydney office in North Ryde and officially took on the new role on 11 April. Nakamasu has spent his first month visiting other site locations to meet with his new team. “I

am focusing on gaining a greater understanding of the Australian and New Zealand markets, consolidating the strategies we have put in place as well as looking for imaginative ways to tackle the challenges we face,” he said.

Going up in the world

Panasonic Australia’s Reid picked for Europe promotion

Panasonic Australia’s director of consumer electronics, Paul Reid, has been promoted to a senior position within the company’s European operations.

Reid takes up his new post as managing director, Nordic Region, Panasonic Europe in July.

Steve Rust, managing director, said the move recognised Reid’s long contribution to Panasonic Australia. “Paul has been a wonderful contributor to Panasonic Australia, leading his team through many years of growth, achievement and market share improvement in most consumer categories.”

Reid joined Panasonic Australia in 2004 and during his time has seen success in categories such as plasma televisions, digital cameras and other home entertainment products.

“I’m very excited about the

opportunities within the Nordic region and look forward to maintaining close personal and professional relationships with the team in Australia.”

Assuming Reid’s responsibilities will be the newly created Consumer Leadership Group – consisting of three executives within the business: Richard Tassone (general manager, product marketing), Steve Sutherland (national sales operations manager) and Grant Sforcina (national channel sales manager).

“The three members of the Consumer Leadership Group have more than 50 years of industry and Panasonic experience and a deep understanding of Australian consumers and our retail environment,” Steve Rust said. “We’re delighted to usher in a new generation of leaders.”

Brumby to COO at Ansadara

Virtual data room provider Ansarada has appointed Nathan Brumby as chief operating officer. Brumby joins the Sydney head office where

he will be focusing on research and development, product strategy and service delivery.

As an international software expert Brumby’s previous roles include

senior director of product strategy and management at VMWare and managing director of the sub company Infra. “I was attracted to Ansarada as one of the fastest growing global SaaS companies in Australia,” he said.

Two more for Polycom

Luke Silverback (top) joins the Polycom team as a senior sales engineer in Melbourne. Silverback has

five years experience as a UC sales engineer, coming from companies including Communications Corp, Nortel, and NEC. Silverback will be supporting direct opportunities

in Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania with Tiffany Waugh, health, education and government account manager, and

JP Lamothe, major accounts manager. Hani Faris (bottom) joins as channel manager for NSW and Queensland. Faris has 10 years experience in sales.

ComOps prepares top slot

ComOps, an Australasian provider of business software products and services, has a new general manager, solutions marketing. Daniel Sheahan,based in Sydney, will also take on the role of chief executive officer elect in readiness for the retirement of Richard

Bradley, the present CEO, in July next year. Sheahan has more than 20 years of industry experience during which he held senior global roles within Australia and Asia.

RSA grows local team

RSA is beefing up its local team. Graham Payne (left) joins as the A/NZ senior manager technology consultant who will lead the

newly assembled team of systems engineers. The team recently added Sam O’Brien (Archer technology specialist, APJ); Ramesh Nagarajan

(IPV technology specialist, APJ); Brett Williams (senior technology consultant); Chris Thomas (senior technology consultant); and Craig Dore (technology consultant). They will join Mason Hooper, who was recently promoted to business manager IPV, APJ.

Journee leads at ICE

ICE Systems, a system integrator and provider of open source technologies and services in NSW, has a new managing director, Duncan Journee.

“As the #1 Red Hat partner in NSW and a trusted adviser in open source technologies, we are in an excellent position to meet the growing demand for open source solutions in Australia” Journee says. He brings more than 15 years experience in senior sales, marketing and delivery positions at Fujitsu, Supply Chain Consulting and SAP in Australia and Europe.

From the MCG to Southern Cross

Southern Cross Computer Systems has enhanced its services business with the recent appointment of Brett Liddle to the role of general manager, venue and stadium solutions. Liddle’s role will be to start up a new business unit.

He will be taking to market an IT partnership offering where he will provide “CIO on demand”, consulting and helping venues, stadiums and sporting organisations to take advantage of the technology opportunities available to enhance their businesses.

Equinix saddles up sales boss

Equinix, a provider of global data centre services, has appointed Todd Handcock as chief marketing officer and vice president of marketing and strategy for Asia Pacific.

Handcock joins from British Telecom where he was most vice president of Asia Pacific Business Transformation.

Handcock will lead Equinix’s strategic planning and execution of the product and marketing roadmap in the Asia Pacific region.

RightNow appoints Asia Pacific VP

RightNow Technologies has apointed Ted Bray as vice president, Indirect Sales Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore,

Bray has more than 20 years experience in contact centre and CRM leadership with

a focus on delivering customer care solutions. He joined RightNow in 2009 and was previously vice president for the organisation’s global contact centre business. Within this role, he achieved significant progress in building, delivering, and supporting contact centre solutions for RightNow’s customers worldwide.



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