NEC Australia Executives
Chief Operating Officer
Mike Barber and his management team are orchestrating NEC Australia’s elevation to a top tier ICT provider by the delivery of innovative, customised technology solutions and services through a diversity of talent, industry partnerships and strength of customer relationships.
Mike was appointed to the role in April 2016. He was most recently Executive Director of IT Solutions & Services, with responsibility for the company’s infrastructure and applications operational services across Australia. Mike retains his position on the NEC Australia board.
He has over 37 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. For the last 20 years of his career, Mike has been actively involved in the IT Services industry holding account, sales and senior management roles with companies including EDS, HP and CSG. Mike joined NEC in 2012 with its acquisition of the Technology Solutions Division of CSG.
His qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (MIS); Associate Diploma in Computer Applications and a Business Certificate in Accounting. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Andy Hurt heads the NEC Solutions Group, a business unit designed to drive the development and maintenance of NEC Australia’s solution portfolio across Lifeline Infrastructure, Communications, Safer Cities and Public Services, and Industry Eco-Systems.
He brings strong strategic capabilities to this role as he oversees the collaborative alignment of NEC’s product, service and solution offerings that leverage local and global R&D capabilities of both NEC and its partners. Critical to the success of the Group is its ability to exceed customer expectations throughout the lifecycle of their NEC deployments.
Andy was promoted from within the leadership team where he had been Director of Communication Solutions.
With a career spanning over 25 years, he has a proven track record in propelling businesses to new levels. His industry experience includes senior management roles across operations, sales and marketing with organisations such as Honeywell, 3Com and Avaya.
Director, Sales and Marketing
Chris Korte is responsible for defining the sales and marketing strategy and direction for NEC’s business in Australia, with a focus on federal and state government, large enterprise and key vertical markets. He is charged with bringing new and innovative solutions to the Australian market as he and his team assist customers in their drive for superior business outcomes and competitive advantage.
Chris is a customer-focused and goal oriented executive with diverse experience in IT, telecommunications, finance and consulting. Under his leadership, NEC Australia is continuously evolving its business strategy and brand awareness levels to successfully secure major IT services contracts with both government and enterprise customers.
On joining NEC, Chris brought a wealth of sales, marketing, technical, financial and commercial management experience to the company from the public and private sectors both within Australia and overseas, including: Optus/Alphawest, Telstra, Hyundai (SE Asia) and RGA (SE Asia), KPMG, Deloitte and Powerhealth Solutions.
D’wayne Mitchell leads the delivery of NEC Australia's infrastructure and applications operational services. This broad charter includes responsibility for harnessing and aligning the capabilities of NEC’s IT Services, Consulting & Business Solutions, Professional Services, National Shared Services and the Project Management Office.
His role is to help NEC maximise profitability from its business development by ensuring customers gain significant value from the delivery of innovative solutions and professional services that meet and exceed market conditions.
D’wayne has a strong background in the IT services industry and brings extensive management experience to this position. He was most recently NEC’s Director, Communications Solutions. Prior to joining NEC Australia, D’wayne was part of the Australian senior leadership group at CSC.
Director of People & Culture
Sue Roberts is the Director of People and Culture at NEC Australia, responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the human resources function. Prior to this role, Sue delivered expert advisory services for NEC Australia across business process innovation, IT governance and information management.
Sue has over eight years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director in the state government and not-for-profit sector, specialising in risk management, insurance and change management. She has over 20 years’ experience in management consulting and operational executive management primarily in the financial services insurance sector.
Chief Financial Officer
Tadashi Takahama has been the CFO of NEC Australia’s Finance and Controller function since June 2015. Takahama-san is responsible for ensuring compliance with NEC’s financial policies, corporate financial consolidation, taxation management, J-SOX compliance, financial governance, credit control and treasury activity. His role also covers that of NEC’s company secretary.
Over the past 20 years, Takahama-san has held various financial and business management roles across the region.
Director, Corporate Strategy
Kazuhiro Murakami is NEC Australia’s Director, Corporate Strategy, and is also a member of its Board of Directors.
Corporate Strategy provides an important link to the Global NEC organisation and the strong ties to headquarters in Japan and the APAC region. Murakami-san is responsible for Australia’s alignment with the company’s overall direction, specifically in important areas such as external relations, compliance and risk management. And he is a key member of the team charged with bringing solutions, particularly from NEC Japan and APAC, to the Australian market.
A long-term, regional NEC executive, Murakami-san’s most recent assignment has been as the Chief Representative, Yangon Branch in Myanmar (Burma). Previously he worked in the NEC Global Business Unit in Tokyo where he gained experience and insights into the APAC and Australian operations.