Hitachi Data Systems appoints new ANZ VP and general manager

Hitachi Data Systems has appointed Nathan McGregor to the role as vice president and general manager of Australia and New Zealand, who joins the company from Juniper Networks.

Nathan McGregor has assumed the role as vice president and general manager of Australia and New Zealand at Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), replacing his predecessor Neil Evans, who was appointed to the ANZ managing director role.

McGregor joins HDS from Juniper Networks where he was the Australia and New Zealand managing director. In his new role, the company said McGregor will be responsible for leading the strategic directon and operations in ANZ by working closely with the sales team.

HDS Asia Pacific senior vice president and general Mark Ablett has welcomed McGregor to the role, saying that his 16 years experience in the telecommunications industry will be critical to support the company's continued transformation in the region.

"With significant growth in our ANZ channel network and partner ecosystem, we look forward to further strengthening these important areas of our business under Nathan's leadership," he said.

HDS has been undergoing a transformation to become a cloud technology provider, despite the fact that a majority of the market still regards the company as a storage player.

The company's vice president and general manager for Asean, Ravi Rajendran, previously acknowledged that it was still the case, and believes it will require the company to "work hard to change this and a concerted effort to transform the company".

Earlier this year, the company bought big data analytics firm Pentaho as it also focuses on the growth of the Internet of Things market.

Commenting about his appointment, McGregor said: "I am excited about the opportunity to lead the Australia and New Zealand business as it enters the next phase of its strategy for social innovation, to become a leader in the market for big data and Internet of Things that matter, helping customers turn data into intelligence."