Riverbed appoints industry veteran David Murphy as interim CEO

Riverbed has named industry veteran David Murphy as interim CEO, to drive continued momentum for the firm’s Digital Networking and Digital Experience Management businesses.  

Riverbed said Murphy – the former President and COO of Blue Coat Systems and the current Riverbed Chairman of the Board as well as a Thoma Bravo Senior Operating Partner – has been named to lead the firm while a search is underway to find a permanent CEO.

Outgoing CEO Paul Mountford, who is leaving the Company to take another executive position in the industry, is working closely with Murphy to ensure a smooth leadership transition. 

Murphy has more than three decades of experience in leadership roles driving market adoption and disruptive growth. Riverbed said prior to Blue Coat, he was instrumental in building Mercury Interactive and Tivoli Systems into market leaders and has held interim CEO roles at Qlik and Apttus.     

“Having spent my entire career at some of the premier companies within the technology industry and closely working with Riverbed for the last year as a strategic advisor and Chairman, I’ve recognised and appreciated the trusted position that Riverbed has with its customers and partners, as well as the significant market opportunity that exists,” said Murphy.

Nutanix names new APAC and Japan VP of Marketing

Nutanix has appointed Jordan Reizes as its new Vice President of Marketing for Asia Pacific and Japan.

Based in Sydney, Reizes will be responsible for driving the enterprise cloud specialist’s marketing strategy and sales support as the company continues its regional expansion.

Nutanix said Asia was a key market, tipping Reizes’ appointment a clear signal of its continued expansion, growth and commitment to the region. The role will see Reizes reporting to Nutanix CMO Ben Gibson, and leading the 30-strong marketing team across Australia and New Zealand, ASEAN, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

In A/NZ, he will work closely with the Head of Marketing, Liselle Porfirio, and country Managing Director, Jamie Humphrey, to help drive demand for Nutanix services in key verticals such as financial services, manufacturing, utilities and government, as the country’s enterprises increasingly move to hybrid cloud.

Reizes, who has about two decades of experience in senior marketing leadership roles, joined the company from Sitecore, where he was Senior Director APJ Field Marketing. Prior to that he had four years at SimpliVity as Senior Director, APJ Field Marketing and Global Programmes, and seven years at EMC.

“The explosion of data and the shift to cloud continues to create unprecedented opportunities for our customers and partners,” said Nutanix APAC SVP Matt Young. “Jordan’s leadership, experience and recognised expertise will be instrumental in helping Nutanix ensure they are able to capitalise on those opportunities.”

Reizes appointment is part of an increased investment in Asia by Nutanix that includes a new flagship regional office in Singapore, a rapid and continuing expansion of its sales team, and a greater focus on larger enterprises. Nutanix also plans to move into its new Sydney located, A/NZ headquarters in late October.


How fortunate the Editor ..

I consider myself extremely fortunate in terms of the hiring decisions I have made over the past three years. Every single person has been loyal, hardworking, professional and flexible.

From my very first hire, Aimee Chanthadavong, who hit the ground running and has delivered stellar work ever since, to the inimitable Ben Grubb and Heather Wright, my superb New Zealand based Assistant Editor, and from our fantastic inhouse transcription specialist Kim Wiesenberger to our Contributing Editor Leon Spencer who will be taking up a full time role elsewhere in Media land after this, his last week at TT – every one has been amazing. What a team…

We wish Leon all the best for his next venture and I personally want to thank him for his time with us. A consummate professional and an outstanding writer, Leon also happens to be a great guy whose editorial services I would recommend without hesitation.

But wait, there’s more.

profileI’m very pleased to announce the appointment of our new Senior Journalist, Lilia Guan. An award winning journalist with over 15 years’ technology business writing experience, Lilia has written for a host of publications including CRN Magazine, CIO, and ZDNet.

She was the editor for Government News and has also produced media products such as videos and e-guides as the Branded Content Producer for CBS Interactive.

Based in Sydney, Lilia will be taking up her role this week.

Finally, I’m very happy to note that following a brief sabbatical, Assistant Editor Heather Wright will be back on deck as well.

Vertel names telco veteran Tony Hudson as commercial director

Sydney-based critical network specialist Vertel has appointed Tony Hudson as its commercial director with a brief to lead the firm’s sales, marketing and customer experience teams.

A member of the Metro Ethernet Forum, Vertel specialises in the design, build and operation of wireless networks for corporations, government and service providers.

Vertel said Hudson – who has some three decades experience in the information technology and telecommunication sectors – joined its ranks in 2016 as Head of Government.

Prior to Vertel, he worked at Singtel Optus for 15 years, with eight years in the role of industry manager, NSW government. In addition, Hudson has also held positions with IBM and WordFlow Information Liquidity, an Australian start-up, as director of sales.

Theo Belekas, Managing Director, said, “Tony brings a unique combination of industry experience, a strong focus on customer success and an understanding of Vertel’s vision of smarter, healthier, and safer Australian communities. Tony will help Vertel continue to service organisations that place significant value on highly-available, reliable and secure network connections, and Quality of Service-enabled managed networks and services, backed by strong networking expertise and support. “

Rubrik names Kamal Brar APAC & Japan VP

Palo Alto based cloud data management fim Rubrik has appointed Kamal Brar as Vice President of Asia Pacific and Japan.

Brar will be responsible for driving Rubrik’s Asia operations. Based in Singapore, Brar will be responsible for driving the firm’s Asia operations, and will report directly to Chief Revenue Officer Brett Shirk.

“Kamal has successfully led some of the most disruptive technology companies across Asia Pacific and we’re excited to have him join Rubrik,” said Shirk. “His passion for software and building high-performance teams will drive short and long term success as he scales our business in the region.”

Brar joins Rubrik from Hortonworks, where he led its APAC and the Middle East divisions. Prior to that, he served as SVP of APAC at Talend where he launched its APAC operations.

Rubrik added that Brar also brings on board deep NoSQL knowledge, having led the APAC business at MongoDB. Additionally, he has held leadership positions at Oracle, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and MySQL.

Nokia appoints Gabriela Styf Sjöman as Chief Strategy Officer

Nokia has named Gabriela Styf Sjöman as Chief Strategy Officer and member of the firm’s Group Leadership team, effective December 1, 2019.

Sjöman succeeds Kathrin Buvac, who will continue in the role of President of Nokia Enterprise and will remain a member of the Group Leadership Team.

Sjöman – who will be will be based in Espoo, Finland and will report to President and CEO Rajeev Suri – joins Nokia from Telia Company in Sweden, where she has held positions including Deputy Head of Global Services and Operations and Head of Group Networks, and most recently Vice President and Head of Group Network Services and Operations.

In that role she was responsible for technology strategy, architecture, design, delivery and operations for Fixed and Mobile Networks, as well as strategy execution for 5G Readiness for Telia Company Nordics and Baltics.

“We are delighted to welcome Gabriela to Nokia at a pivotal moment in our 5G journey. She brings a wealth of international knowledge and a deep understanding of our industry, its customers and technologies,” said Rajeev Suri, President and CEO of Nokia. “Her insight will be critical in refining our strategy for the future. I also want to thank Kathrin, who has continued to lead our strategy organization in addition to her role as President of Nokia Enterprise since January this year.”

Before joining Telia Company in 2017, Gabriela spent two years with Telecom Italia in Rome as Vice President, Engineering and Telecom Italia Group Labs, following more than a decade at Ericsson in a range of senior roles in China, Germany and the US.

With this appointment, Nokia’s Group Leadership Team will consist of the following members: Rajeev Suri, Nassib Abou-Khalil, Basil Alwan, Hans-Juergen Bill, Kathrin Buvac, Ricky Corker, Joerg Erlemeier, Barry French, Sanjay Goel, Bhaskar Gorti, Federico Guillén, Jenni Lukander, Sandra Motley, Kristian Pullola, Sri Reddy, Gabriela Styf Sjöman, Tommi Uitto and Marcus Weldon.

Ping Identity names Ashley Diffey as ANZ, Japan country manager

Denver-based identity-defined security specialist Ping Identity has appointed Ashley Diffey as Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand and Japan, with a brief to continue driving increasing demand for the firm’s offerings in the region.

Based in Melbourne, Diffey will be responsible for sales, customer support and services.

Diffey joined Ping in late 2018 as APAC Channel and Alliances Manager, and over the past nine months has managed the channel partner ecosystem within the region.  His focus is on supporting the organisation’s go-to-market strategies and sales.

With two decades of sales and channel leadership experience, Diffey’s previous roles included a stint at Venn Solutions as general manager for Victoria, F5 Networks, where he managed the company’s partner relationship with Telstra and oversaw the organisation’s southern regional channel.

In addition, he served as director for channel sales Australia and New Zealand, and southern region channel sales manager at Commvault.

Ping Identity works with a range of partners across ANZ and Japan, such as Versent, NTT, Baidam Solutions, Fronde, Unify Solutions and Dimension Data. Local customers include public and private sector organisations across vertical markets, such as the Bank of New Zealand, Mortgage Choice and Griffith University.