Whitaker says he was attracted by EMC’s focus on innovation and customers, while pointing to the integration of flash-based solid state drives into its products and its new software as a service offerings, as a sign of heavy investment in its intellectual property.
Whitaker is joined by Vivienne Larsen (pictured) as country channel sales manager. She has had a 20-year IT career and until last year was marketing director and general manager of Ingram Micro’s volume business unit.
“Since the introduction of the EMC Velocity Partner Program into New Zealand, the volume of business generated through the partner community has significantly increased,” Larsen says in a statement. “I am looking forward to continuing to build this momentum.”
Arron Patterson, who has been with EMC’s New Zealand services business for nearly three years, has been promoted to take on the new position of country services manager, where he is responsible for all of the company’s global services lines including consulting, maintenance and support.
Former country manager Craig Stoddart left EMC last year and has become a director with Datacom’s engineering business.
Former channel account manager Dawn Stevens left EMC to start up a cooking school for children, Kidz Can Cook, in Devonport, Auckland.
Stevens officially resigned from EMC last September, but remained with the company part-time until Larsen started in January.
“I decided to leave IT and do something I am really passionate about,” says Stevens.