Unconfirmed reports suggest that Robin Whitaker, who resigned as IBM’s southern region manager last Tuesday, January 15, will join EMC, mostly likely as its new country manager.
The position has been left vacant since Craig Stoddart’s departure from the storage vendor in October and several industry sources believe Whitaker is likely to take the role.
“It would make sense considering his high profile,” says one insider, who did not want to be named.
Other sources in both Auckland and Wellington, where Whitaker and EMC’s local head office are based, report that Whitaker has left IBM to join a competitor.
IBM and EMC have competing storage and information management offerings.
EMC is keeping quiet about the potential appointment, but has confirmed it plans to make several recruitment announcements in coming weeks. When asked whether this would include a replacement for Stoddart, a Sydney-based EMC spokesperson said the company is not in a position to comment as internal announcements have not yet been made.
Reseller News was unable to contact Whitaker, who is believed to be on holiday.
IBM meanwhile confirmed that Whitaker resigned, effective January 15, but a spokesperson would not comment further, citing privacy and confidentiality reasons.
Stoddart joined EMC as country manager at the start of 2006, but resigned due to personal reasons that were never detailed.
Australia/New Zealand managing director David Webster has held responsibility for the position since Stoddart’s departure