A snapshot of changing roles

February 16, 2015

NetSuite appoints Lee Thompson as SVP and GM, APAC and Japan
NetSuite has appointed Lee Thompson as its Senior Vice President and GM, Asia Pacific & Japan. In this role, Thompson will be charged with heading up NetSuite’s sales operations and building a world-class sales organisation across the entire Asia Pacific and Japan region, taking NetSuite’s strong footprint and more than 1,000 employees in the region to another level. “I’m extremely proud and excited to join NetSuite and be a part of its continued growth in Asia Pacific and Japan,” Thompson said. “Only a handful of vendors today are true cloud companies, providing customers with multi-tenancy, a single version of the truth, multiple upgrades and all the benefits of a single application instance. Customers today are embracing true cloud. NetSuite was born in the cloud and it is a true cloud vendor, so joining the company was a natural choice for me.” Thompson brings more than 20 years of sales leadership experience to NetSuite, working for high tech companies including TechnologyOne, Oracle and Salesforce.com. Before joining NetSuite, Thompson was Operating Officer at TechnologyOne. Prior to TechnologyOne, he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales at Salesforce Asia Pacific, where he was responsible for delivering a regional compound annual growth rate in sales in excess of 30 percent year-over-year during his tenure at the company. Before that he spent 12 years at Oracle, building the vendor’s commercial sales business in Asia Pacific. Prior to his tenure at Oracle he has held senior managerial positions at Borland, Artisoft and Pilot Software and has worked in the UK, Sweden, Australia, Canada and Singapore.

Simon Ractliffe joins Dell SecureWorks
Dell SecureWorks
has announced that Australian information security expert Simon Ractliffe has joined the company in the newly created role of director and general manager, Dell SecureWorks, Australia and New Zealand. Ractliffe will be responsible for growing Dell SecureWorks’ presence in Australia and New Zealand, expanding the sales, marketing, security research and engineering teams. He will also be developing Dell SecureWorks’ channel program to extend its business opportunities in the region. Ractliffe has more than 26 years of experience in the IT infrastructure market, spent mostly in Australia where he has served as general manager for IBM Internet Security Systems and CSC, and he was a key driver in the growth and eventual sale of the Australian MSSP, Earthwave Corporation to Dimension Data (NTT Group). Ractliffe’s experience and expertise will be invaluable as Dell SecureWorks seeks to help organisations in Australia and New Zealand deal with the constantly evolving cyber threats, one of top concerns for business today.

Tableau appoints Nigel Mendonca as Country Manager ANZ
Tableau, provider of rapid-fire business analytics software, has announced the appointment of Nigel Mendonca as its first Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Mendonca is tasked with ensuring customer success and driving the growth of Tableau in ANZ. Mendonca has more than 22 years of technology expertise, having previously held senior roles at Salmat, Symantec, and Xpedite Systems/PGi. Mendonca’s appointment comes at a time of rapid growth for Tableau in the ANZ region. The company’s Australia-based team has nearly doubled in the past year, including the creation of a multi-lingual Asia-Pacific technical support team based out of Sydney. Tableau customers in the ANZ region include Mater Health Services, Ray White, University of Western Sydney, Silver Fern Farms, Sportsbet, Anomaly, Inivio, as well as many of Australia and New Zealand’s largest enterprise and government organisations.

Atlassian Appoints Erik Bardman CFO
Atlassian has announced that Erik Bardman has joined the team collaboration software company as its chief financial officer (CFO). Bardman has served as CFO of public and private companies during the past 26 years. He is currently a Director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Trulia (NYSE: TRLA), a leading online marketplace for homebuyers, sellers, renters, and real estate professionals. Previously Bardman was CFO for the maker of the popular TV streaming device, Roku, Inc.; global consumer electronics manufacturer, Logitech International, S.A. (NASDAQ: LOGI); and eBay Marketplaces (NASDAQ: EBAY). Bardman started his career at the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) serving in a number of positions over 15 years, including vice president of strategic pricing at GE Global Consumer Finance. Bardman is one of several recent executive appointments. In the last twelve months former Cisco executive, Didier Moretti, was brought in as vice president and general manager of the company’s Service Desk business. The company also tapped Citrix veteran, Bernardo de Albergaria, as vice president and general manager of the company’s Collaboration business.

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