Wednesday, 11 March 2015 16:37

Burnie to tune up ANZ sales at Violin


All-flash storage vendor Violin Memory has appointed Michael Burnie as country manager for Australia and New Zealand.

"We are transforming businesses by accelerating their applications in the cloud at peak performance, using flash," said vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific Jeffrey Morrison.

"Given his wealth of experience in leadership and sales roles, with a proven track record in achieving revenue success across the ANZ storage markets, Michael is an ideal fit to lead this transformation together with the Violin Memory team here."

Burnie has more than three decades of experience in the IT storage industry.

He most recently held the role of senior vice president of sales at sTec, which was acquired by Western Digital's HGST business.

Burnie's previous senior roles include managing director for Asia Pacific and Japan at Signiant, vice president and general manger for Asia Pacific at Isilon (acquired by EMC), managing director for Australia and South East Asia (and previously managing director for Australia and New Zealand) at NetApp, and managing director for Asia Pacific (and previously managing director for Australia and New Zealand) at EMC.

Earlier in his career he worked for StorageTek and Fujitsu.

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