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Hitachi Vantara fortify executive team with new appointments

15 Dec 2017

Hitachi Vantara has announced new appointments to its global leadership team, with Mark Ablett named as senior vice president of global go-to-market (GTM) strategy and Daniel Chong named senior vice president of Asia-Pacific (APAC).

Both Ablett and Chong will report to the company’s chief revenue officer, Hans-Peter Klaey.

Ablett previously served as Hitachi Vantara’s senior vice president (SVP) of APAC, where he helped their APAC theatre to achieve record growth.

In his new role, he will be responsible for developing the company’s global GTM strategy, partnering with customers to help them successfully navigate and execute complex digital transformation journeys.

Prior to joining Hitachi, Ablett held executive positions with Juniper Networks and SpectraLink, among others.

Chong will assume Ablett’s former post as SVP of APAC, having previously served as the company’s vice president and general manager (GM) of mainland China and Taiwan.

While serving in this position, Hitachi Vantara says he was able to grow revenue in the region by more than 150%.

During Chong’s tenure as GM, the company has been recognised by the “Great Place to Work” survey in the region for the past five consecutive years.

Prior to Hitachi, Chong held senior management positions at Oracle, PeopleSoft, BMC, and Informix, where he focused on sales, marketing, business development and company management.

Hitachi Vantara says Ablett and Chong will further fortify their executive team, which they have been aggressively expanding in recent months.

The company recently tapped Klaey, an enterprise software industry veteran, to lead global sales and GTM, appointed former GE Digital COO Brad Surak as its Chief Product and Strategy Officer.

On the new appointments, Klaey says, “Delivering exceptional customer experiences is incredibly important to Hitachi Vantara.

“Mark and Daniel have done exactly that in their time here. They have a deep understanding of our business and the needs of our customers and partners. Their work will be crucial in helping Hitachi customers unlock the full potential and value of their data.”

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