2degrees has appointed Ana Sever to the newly created position of chief business officer, as the provider targets growth across business and public sector markets in New Zealand.
Leveraging a history of senior leadership experience within national and international technology businesses, Sever has formerly worked for Datacom, Jade and Oracle.
At Datacom, Sever established and led the provider’s first industry-specific local government business unit, while growing the services business of Oracle across verticals such as government, corporate, finance and telecommunications.
More recently, Sever led the trans-Tasman sales team and sales strategy of Jade, delivering revenue and market share growth across Australia and New Zealand.
“We’re serious about serving the business and public sector community and this role will accelerate the innovation for Kiwi businesses that we are known for,” 2degrees CEO, Stewart Sherriff, said.
“Ana spearheads a renewed focus and determination that will help us achieve our growth plans in business.”
Nine years since launching into the Kiwi mobile market, 2degrees has evolved to provide full-service solutions to some of New Zealand’s most complex government agencies, such as Ministry of Primary Industries.
“2degrees is an amazing company built in New Zealand for the New Zealand marketplace,” Sever added. “Unburdened by old thinking and old systems it is nimble, fast and flexible with people are passionate and customer inspired.
“Business and public sector customers are looking to partner with providers that offer a complete service and define performance in terms of business outcomes.”
The move represents a significant shift for the 2degrees business in New Zealand, as the provider attempts to be known for more than mobile services in the local market.
As reported by sister publication Computerworld, 2degrees was one of twelve telecommunications providers first selected to provide telecommunications and managed security services to government, as revealed in November 2015.
Under the telecommunications-as-a-service (TaaS) panel, first contract the provider won was to supply site connectivity and mobile telecommunications services to one of New Zealand’s largest government agencies, the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Revealed in September 2016, the agreement involved WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi connectivity services at more than 120 MPI locations throughout New Zealand, including main offices, border facilities, laboratories and fisheries offices.
“Our opportunity is to listen to our new and existing customers and give them new services and offerings that will help them achieve better outcomes, faster,” Sever added.
“We will do this with the same creativity, determination and focus that grew our consumer segment over recent years.
“We have an amazing team of skilled, enthusiastic people and impressive business partners all focussed and eager to delight our business and public sector customers.”