D-Link expands with Thornton's new leadership role

D-Link expands with Thornton's new leadership role

Former D-Link corporate business manager Carla Thornton has expanded her role to include country management responsibilities and the vendor has hired new staff. Thornton's role change follows from the departure of business manager Juliana Moss last October.

Thornton says the staffing increase meant a need for more structure, and she oversees the recently-hired personnel in her new role as New Zealand commercial business manager.

“My role has changed in as far as the buck stops with me in the New Zealand market. From a sales perspective it hasn’t changed in that I still manage corporate business and I’m still out there seeing resellers to grow the business.”

She continues to work closely with Australia/New Zealand managing director Domenic Torre and trans-Tasman marketing director Maurice Famularo, she says.

The local appointments in the last few months are Andy Hill as technology manager, Bruce Ly as in-store representative and Karyn Fisher as consumer and SME business manager.

Hill will assist resellers, system integrators and clients develop networking solutions, with a focus mainly on the commercial product range including security, business wireless technology, managed switching and high-end storage products.

“Although D-Link has traditionally been recognised primarily for its consumer and SOHO products, we also have an extensive range of enterprise solutions that suit the SME market in New Zealand,” says Hill.

He joined D-Link after serving as technical services manager at Corporate Express IT Solutions.

Fisher will develop D-Link’s consumer and SME business by liaising with head offices of mass merchant suppliers and supporting SME-focused resellers.

She has previously been an account manager at Tech Pacific (now Ingram Micro) and Belkin.

Ly, who previously worked in sales at distributor Renaissance and at Harvey Norman, takes responsibility for visiting retail stores to provide training and produce support.

Juliana Moss became GPS navigation vendor TomTom’s local country manager after leaving D-Link.

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