​IBM appoints Kerry Purcell as new head of ANZ

Following the retirement of Andrew Stevens last year, IBM has announced that Kerry Purcell will be the company's new managing director of Australia and New Zealand.

IBM has announced that Kerry Purcell will be the new managing director of IBM Australia and New Zealand.

Kerry Purcell, IBM Australia and New Zealand managing director (Image: Supplied)

Purcell replaces Jeffrey Rhoda, who was appointed acting general manager following the retirement of Andrew Stevens in August 2014.

Purcell comes into the role after holding the managing partner position of IBM global business services in Japan for over three years. He was responsible for leading and growing IBM's consulting, systems integration, and application business.

Prior to joining IBM, Purcell held a number of leadership roles in Australia and Asia-Pacific, including head of Asia-Pacific for Xchanging; corporate vice president and managing director of Asia and Japan for Electronic Data Systems; and general manager banking and finance of Telstra.

Commenting on his new role, Purcell said he is excited about the change.

"It's clear that both Australia and New Zealand are undergoing rapid change as the forces of cloud, mobile, social, and analytics transform industries," he said.

"Locally, we are executing a strong strategy that will meet this pace of change for our clients, and deliver the higher-value solutions and services they need to grow and adapt their businesses. IBM continues to make significant investments locally that better enable our clients to take advantage of these market shifts."

On the whole, IBM has been undergoing a major reshuffle, where an estimated 500 jobs cuts were made to its local workforce last year, in addition to 1,500 jobs that were culled during June 2013 as part of the company's global restructure.