Menu
​Mike Smith officially takes the reins at IBM NZ

​Mike Smith officially takes the reins at IBM NZ

Mike Smith has been officially appointed managing director of IBM New Zealand, with the tech veteran returning to Big Blue after 17 years.

Mike Smith - Managing Director, IBM New Zealand

Mike Smith - Managing Director, IBM New Zealand

Mike Smith has been officially appointed managing director of IBM New Zealand, with the tech veteran returning to Big Blue after 17 years.

Reported first by Reseller News sister publication CIO in July, Smith replaces Rob Lee, who led the New Zealand business for three years, and will retire from IBM at the end of November after a career spanning more than 30 years.

“Mike’s knowledge of the New Zealand market, leadership experience and lasting affinity for the IBM brand make him the right person to lead IBM New Zealand,” IBM Australia and New Zealand managing director, Kerry Purcell, said.

“Mike’s focus will be to work with our local clients and partners, helping them to realise the opportunities of the digital era.”

Based in Auckland, Smith was previously general manager of Cloud and Sourcing at Spark Digital, and was also on the advisory boards of Revera and CCL, and chaired the Lexel Systems advisory board.

Smith also served as CEO of Oxygen Business Systems for ten years, while also holding a number of sales and management roles at IBM in Wellington and Christchurch.

“Having once worked at IBM, and more recently competed against the company, receiving this opportunity to lead the New Zealand team is a real privilege,” Smith added.

“Few companies have IBM’s ability to create new markets and help solve significant business and societal problems with technology.

“IBM is transforming how it does business, making this an exciting time to engage with clients and partners.”


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags IBMReveraSpark Digitalspark

Brand Post

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2018 inductees - Chris Simpson, Kendra Ross and Phill Patton - to the third running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing landscape of the technology industry in New Zealand, while outlining ways to attract a new breed of players to the ecosystem. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch
Upcoming tech talent share insights at inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum 2019

Upcoming tech talent share insights at inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum 2019

The channel came together for the inaugural Reseller News Emerging Leaders Forum in New Zealand, created to provide a program that identifies, educates and showcases the upcoming talent of the ICT industry. Hosted as a half day event, attendees heard from industry champions as keynoters and panelists talked about future opportunities and leadership paths and joined mentoring sessions with members of the ICT industry Hall of Fame. The forum concluded with 30 Under 30 Tech Awards across areas of Sales, Entrepreneur, Marketing, Management, Technical and Human Resources. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Upcoming tech talent share insights at inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum 2019
Show Comments