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Nutanix drives further A/NZ expansion with new managing director

Lee Thompson has been named as the new managing director for Nutanix Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ), as it looks to further expand its presence across the region.

Based out of Sydney, Thompson will be responsible for driving customer acquisition and the continued expansion of the company’s presence across the Australia New Zealand region, with a focus on commercial and enterprise customers.

Nutanix says Thompson’s comprehensive experience and cloud credentials will be a significant boost for the company. He brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia to the role and joins after a short tenure at EziHub Australia as the company's interim chief operations officer.

Prior to that, he led Oracle / NetSuite as group vice president, JAPAC, and was senior vice president of corporate sales at Salesforce Asia Pacific; roles that together provided over a decade of frontline cloud exposure and experience. Thompson has also held senior managerial positions at Borland, Artisoft and Pilot Software.

Thompson’s appointment comes as Nutanix ramps up investment in the A/NZ region. The company has increased its presence across both Australia and New Zealand, expanded its sales and support teams and accelerated its customer acquisitions with more than 30 government agencies and some of the region’s largest and most prominent enterprises, including 20 of the ASX top 100.

“We are witnessing a fundamental shift in the way corporate Australia and New Zealand does, and will do, business in the future,” says Thompson. 

“Recent events have shown the importance of technology, and the critical role that cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure will play in helping secure our economy in the future," he says.

" As the region looks to develop a new technology infrastructure for a post-COVID-19 world, Nutanix will be in a prime position to help support and navigate that transformation," says Thompson.

Thompson will report directly to Nutanix vice president for South Asia Pacific, Neville Vincent.

Vincent says, “Lee’s breadth of experience, international exposure and intimate understanding of the challenges facing modern businesses will help accelerate our business across Australia and New Zealand to the next level.

“We have an outstanding, energised and highly motivated team already in place eager for the guidance and direction Lee can provide," he says.

"Under his stewardship, we are confident we will be better placed to help Australia and New Zealand businesses adapt to the new post-pandemic reality.”

Nutanix specialises in cloud software and is a pioneer in hyperconverged infrastructure solutions.

Organisations around the world use Nutanix software to leverage a single platform to manage any app at any location at any scale for their private, hybrid and multi-cloud environments. 

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