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NEC Australia appoints first Australian MD

NEC Australia appoints first Australian MD

Date: 11 Oct 2010
Category: Appointments

NEC Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation (HQ: Japan), today announced the appointment of Alan Hyde as Managing Director, the first non-Japanese head of the local business in its 41 year Australian history.  Alan joins NEC having previously led SAP’s Australian business and will replace the outgoing Wataru Takeuchi who returns to Japan.  He takes up his post today.

The appointment of Alan Hyde, a highly respected Australian business leader, recognises the importance that local knowledge will play in the next phase of NEC’s growth.  Mr Hyde’s leadership, significant experience and understanding of the Australian services market and his customer-centric approach will be a major advantage in driving new business for NEC Australia. This appointment marks a clear and serious signal of NEC’s intent to focus on and accelerate the growth of its Systems Integration and Services businesses in Australia.

Alan Hyde, MD, NEC Australia said: “NEC has been an important player in Australia’s technology market for more than 40 years and has a proud heritage of delivering quality products and services to an enormous number of customers.  I’m looking forward to building on this success and growing the business in this important market.”

“The pedigree of NEC Australia’s customer portfolio is second to none. I aim to build on this strong foundation and marry my knowledge of the Australian technology market with the innovation and passion of NEC Australia’s staff and business partners. Our focus will be to deliver innovative solutions which truly add value to our customers’ businesses by leveraging our leading expertise in cloud computing, telephony, networks and managed services to bring real business benefits.  There is no company better positioned than NEC Australia to provide the tools for other Australian organisations to succeed.”

Regional head Kiyofumi Kusaka, CEO NEC Asia Pacific (Regional HQ) commented: “Australia is a great market for NEC and the appointment of Mr Hyde reflects its importance to the global business.  His local knowledge and expertise will pay huge dividends as we embrace new markets and enter a new period of growth.”

Mr Hyde spent five years at SAP as General Manager for the Northern Region before taking over as CEO in 2007.  Before that he held a number of senior executive positions at PeopleSoft in Australia and the UK. He started his career in ICT at IBM in Australia, and most recently Mr Hyde has been acting in an advisory capacity on corporate strategy in the IT sector.