Hitachi Data Systems rejigs top management, adds new COO position

Infotech Lead America: Hitachi Data Systems Corp. has restructured its top management.

The restructuring is aimed at becoming more competitive in its key markets, grow its solutions beyond IT infrastructure, and expand its footprint in key vertical markets.

The appointments will also help drive increased alignment and globalization of HDS and Hitachi.

Hitachi Data Systems CEO Jack Domme will have added role of a corporate officer at Hitachi. He will be the first non-Japanese corporate officer for further advancing the globalization efforts of Hitachi.

He will also accelerate the social innovation business of Hitachi through the development of strategies that bridge Hitachi group companies.

Brian Householder, a 10 year veteran of HDS, will be the new chief operating officer (COO) and he will oversee the daily operation of Hitachi Data Systems with direct, global responsibility. This is a newly created position.

Householder helped lead many key initiatives at HDS, including the company strategy and direction, the BlueArc, Shoden and Archivas acquisitions, as well as improvements to marketing and partner enablement capabilities.

Meanwhile, Michael Cremen has been appointed as executive vice president, Global Sales.

As senior vice president of Global Verticals and Integration, Kevin Eggleston will be responsible for leading Hitachi Data Systems efforts around big data, social innovation and vertical industries. This includes driving business planning, defining solutions requirements and coordinating R&D plans.

In addition, he will serve as the company’s key interface with Hitachi in identifying synergies and maximizing opportunities for alignment to drive revenue growth and globalization.

Another key appointment within the sales team is Neville Vincent taking on the role of senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific.

He is responsible for providing regional sales direction and leadership to drive growth and expand the Hitachi Data Systems business and market share throughout Asia Pacific.

Most recently, Vincent served as vice president and managing director of Hitachi Data Systems Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and managing director of Hitachi Data Systems Korea. Vincent replaces Kevin Eggleston, who has led the sales, services and support organization in APAC for the past 4 years.

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