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Musical chairs continue as Holtzhausen joins Smith at Dell

By Heather Wright, Thu 30 Jul 2015
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Symantec’s Veritas channel boss Klasie Holtzhausen has joined former colleague Brenton Smith at Dell Software.

Holtzhausen is joining Dell as the new general manager for Dell Software Australia and New Zealand.

The company says Holtzhausen will bring ‘enormous experience to the team and help Dell Software continue its growth in the ANZ region’.

His departure follows that of Smith, who moved to Dell Software as vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific and Japan earlier this year.

Holtzhausen will report to Smith in his new role.

Holtzhausen moved into the role of Veritas APJ channel lead in January, after nearly two years as Symantec’s senior director of channels and commercial for Pacific and New Zealand enterprise.

Prior to joining Symantec he was the senior director of sales at CA Technologies.

Holtzhausen has a long track record with technology and the channel, having previously been manager of channel sales at IBM Australia.

Earlier this month, Ian McAdam was appointed as Symantec’s regional boss, taking over the role vacated by Smith.

Symantec is currently in the midst of splitting into two companies – the security focused Symantec and information management business, Veritas.

The company withdrew its direct enterprise sales team from New Zealand in April, with the business now handled by its local distributor.

Veritas confirmed Holtzhausen has left to 'pursue other opportunities'. The company has begun an executive search for a permanent replacement, with Mark Nutt, Veritas global channel lead handling the role in the interim.

“The channel is one of Veritas’ most important levers for growth. APJ region is a key market for us and we remain committed to our partners and customers by focusing on the continuing transformation, development and execution of Veritas’ channel strategy locally,” Nutt says.

Meanwhile, James Arnold took over the position of Dell New Zealand general manager earlier this year, after Peter Murphy took up a UK-based role with Dell.

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