NEC Australia gets new boss in leadership shakeup

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NEC Australia gets new boss in leadership shakeup
Mike Barber.

Former CEO moves to Asia Pacific.

NEC’s Australian boss has been given a new post overseeing the IT giant’s Asia Pacific operations, prompting a reshuffle of its local leadership.

As of April 1 Tetsuro Akagi – who has overseen the local arm of the technology multinational since January 2014 – has been promoted to chief executive officer of NEC Asia Pacific. He will continue to be based out of Melbourne.

The promotion will also Akagi appointed as a senior vice president of global parent company NEC Corporation.

Replacing Akagi as the head of NEC’s local operations will be former executive director of IT solutions and services Mike Barber, who has been given the new title of chief operating officer.

Barber originally joined NEC in September 2011, having previously served in various IT-related roles with CSG, Hewlett-Packard, and in the South Australian public service.

“[Barber] brings valuable knowledge and expertise in Australia’s technology and services sector and I am confident that he will be an asset to the management team,” Akagi said in a statement.

The reshuffle will also see NEC Australia’s director of communications solutions D’wayne Mitchell become the company’s new director of IT solutions, with his previous role to be filled by former executive general manager of channel Andy Hurt.

NEC recently launched its new Australian head office and innovation centre in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct in February, replacing its previous head office near Monash University’s main Clayton campus in Mulgrave.

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