Monday, 08 November 2021 10:47

Freshworks announces ex-SAP man as new chief for ANZ operations

Freshworks' new ANZ director and country manager Ben Pluznyk. Freshworks' new ANZ director and country manager Ben Pluznyk. Supplied

Software firm Freshworks has appointed a former senior official at SAP ANZ as its ANZ director and country manager.

A statement from the company said Ben Pluznyk would bring more than 16 years of experience in growing software, cloud and database businesses to the firm.

Pluznyk was most recently the director of Cloud Platform, Database and Data Management at SAP ANZ.

Freshworks also announced a new ANZ Channel Sales Lead, with Amr Farghali having been in the role since May. He will spend the next six months developing and engineering solutions based on the Freshworks Neo platform.

Freshworks Australia general manager Sreelesh Pillai said: "Australia and New Zealand have been key markets for us since day one so we're delighted to be bolstering the local team.

"The last year has been a huge one for Freshworks and as we enter into the next phase of growth, having the right people on board has never been so important."

Pluznyk said: "Business software has been consumerised and users want it easy. Legacy SaaS has become too bloated and complicated. Customers and employees are demanding modern, intuitive and easy-to-use SaaS solutions like Freshworks.

"There is a huge market opportunity and we've only scratched the surface. It's an incredibly exciting time to join Freshworks.

"I'm looking forward to developing deep relationships with customers, partners and the team alike, as well as driving innovation and growth for the ANZ region."

Last week, Freshworks reported 46% year-on-year growth in its revenue for the latest quarter (AUD$129.8 million) for revenue, and 31% growth for customers contributing more than US$5000 in annual recurring revenue.

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