NEC says Barber, a respected veteran of South Australia’s IT industry, will head up its Australian business under the new title of chief operating officer, and will lead NEC Australia’s operations nationally, responsible for steering the company toward its mission to be a “top tier ICT provider in Australia”.
Barber takes up the new role with NEC Australia’s Managing Director, Tetsuro Akagi, promoted to Chief Executive Officer of NEC Asia Pacific, covering Australia and other countries in the Asia Pacific region.
Akagi, who has also been appointed Senior Vice President of NEC Corporation, will continue to live in Melbourne, working closely with Barber to build relationships and networks within the APAC region.
“Mike brings valuable knowledge and expertise in Australia’s technology and services sector and I am confident that he will be an asset to the management team,” said Akagi.
“With this transition to Mike as chief operating officer, I expect that NEC Australia will become stronger in the market.”
Commenting on his appointment, Barber said, “I am very honoured to say I work for NEC and to be part of a great company, one that is developing a reputation for innovation and technical excellence in Australia and around the world.
“This is a very exciting time in our industry and NEC Australia, along with our industry partners, is at the crest of this hi-tech wave.”
As part of the leadership changes, NEC Australia has also announced the appointment of D’wayne Mitchell to the role of Director of IT Solutions.
In this role, Mitchell will be responsible for the delivery of NEC Australia's infrastructure and applications operational services, National Shared Services, the Project Management Office, as well as Consulting & Business Solutions and Professional Services.
Also joining NEC Australia’s new leadership team is Andy Hurt, who has been promoted to Director of Communication Solutions, responsible for communications products and services, the specialist communications solutions business and NEC’s extensive channel business.
Hurt, who brings 25 years industry experience to NEC, was promoted to the leadership team from his previous role as the Executive General Manager of Channel, where he directed NEC Australia's partner strategy across the country, responsible for strengthening channel partnerships and creating new ones to increase the company's footprint in the market.
Prior to NEC, Hurt worked at Honeywell, 3Com and Avaya holding senior management roles in operations, sales and marketing.