Samsung boosts NZ presence, targets enterprise
Company hires former Simpl boss; changes at Simpl explained by chairmanBy Sarah Putt - Computerworld NZ, Auckland | Friday, 18 January 2013
New Zealand operation, from ten staff three years ago to a current head count of 170.
“We’ve grown so fast we’re having an induction of new people every Monday,” says Verdon Kelliher, who joined the company late last year as enterprise director.
Among the starters is a new country manager for Samsung NZ, Kenny Yeon, who began in the role this week. Yeon has worked for Samsung since 1994.
Kelliher’s role is to rapidly grow Samsung NZ's presence in the business-to-business market, in line with the company’s global strategy.
“At the moment it (business-to-business) makes about one percent of their sales and they want to make it their leading contribution to revenue over the next four years,” says Kelliher.
Kelliher will work with channel partners to increase Samsung’s sales to government and large blue chip companies. Demonstration labs for business users are being built in Auckland and Wellington and he says his team of seven will increase to 10-15 people, a mix of account managers and pre-sales staff.
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