Brocade, Ruckus Aussie chiefs out

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Brocade, Ruckus Aussie chiefs out
L to R: Gary Denman and Pat Devlin.

Updated: Executive changes ahead of integration efforts.

Networking gear giants Brocade and Ruckus Wireless have both lost their Australian managing directors as the companies prepare to integrate following their $2 billion merger.

Gary Denman worked his last day of his two-year stint as head of Brocade Australia and New Zealand two weeks ago, iTnews can reveal. He is understood to have joined Intel Security as its local managing director.

Intel Security started hunting for a new Australian managing director after Keith Buckley departed to Riverbed Technology earlier this year.

Brocade APJ vice president Adam Judd is currently looking after the local operations until the company can appoint a permanent replacement.

A Brocade spokesperson thanked Denman for his "dedication and hard work".

"Brocade’s investment of time and resources in the ANZ region as a strategic market essential to building its success in APJ and globally, will continue unabated," a spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said Denman's role would be directly replaced.

The company has just started work integrating Ruckus Wireless into its operations following its $2 billion April acquisition of the wireless networking provider.

But the new Ruckus division of Brocade is also now without a managing director after Pat Devlin resigned from the organisation following two years leading the local business.

Devlin will work his last day on July 5.

"Pat has made several contributions in growing the Ruckus Wireless business in the ANZ region since he joined the company two years ago. We wish him the very best for his next venture," a Ruckus spokesperson said.

Ruckus APAC vice president William Ho will look after the ANZ operations until Devlin's replacement is appointed.

The long-term future of both the Brocade and Ruckus MD roles are unclear given the pair's current integration activities.

"Ruckus and Brocade will continue to operate business as usual for our distribution and channel model," the Brocade spokesperson said.

"Our intention is to quickly enable a seamless process to procure both Ruckus and Brocade products through our mutual channels."

Brocade's acquisition of Ruckus was intended to create a networking giant that could offer solutions from the data centre to the wireless network edge, as well as for emerging technologies like 5G and the internet of things.

Updated to include Ruckus comments

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