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Seismic bolsters Asia Pacific team with several key hires

17 Dec 2019

Sales and marketing enablement firm Seismic has bolstered its local Asia Pacific team with seven new hires, to support the company’s growth and goals to bring intelligent automation and insights to customers.

“With enterprises moving to the cloud and an increasingly digital workforce, organisations need to change the way they create value for customers,” says Seismic CEO and cofounder Doug Winter.

“Building a robust team of local talent on the ground in Australia enables us to better support organisations in achieving greater levels of business agility and customer engagement. It’s the right time to elevate our presence in Australia and beyond. We are very proud to have Richard at the helm leading the next phase of our regional expansion efforts. We now have on board a team of proven leaders to foster stronger relationships with our APAC customers and partners.”

Seismic welcomes Richard Kulkarni as its vice president for Asia Pacific. He will oversee region-wide business operations. Kulkarni has more than 25 years’ experience in the information technology industry. With specialty in building high-growth software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies, he has held leadership roles with Software AG, CA Technologies and Qualtrics, and other firms.

The company has also appointed senior director for global accounts A/NZ Sarah Hayward, formerly of Calastone. She has received industry recognition for her extensive experience as a fintech leader driving business outcomes with banking, wealth and asset management clients.

Senior director for enterprise sales A/NZ James Shands comes to Seismic with a strong sales management background at Qrious and Ricoh in New Zealand.

Senior director for enterprise sales A/NZ Joseph Halavazis joins Seismic following management stints at McGrath Estate Agents as well as other media and retail brands.

Haystone, Shands and Halavazis will grow Seismic’s global and enterprise client base in Australia and New Zealand.

Seismic has also expanded its Australian-based APAC team with the following hires:

Director, marketing APAC Iris Chan, who brings more than 20 years in B2B technology marketing, will lead Seismic’s regional marketing strategy drawing on experience from her management roles at IBM and Cisco. Most recently the CMO at sales acceleration startup FusionGrove, Chan is also a diversity advocate actively involved in related industry initiatives.

Director, partner and alliances APAC Hydar Al Ammar has 13 years of experience in corporate advisory, organisational development, partnerships and alliances from previous roles at KPMG and Thomson Reuters. Hydar is responsible for building Seismic’s regional partner ecosystem and managing strategic alliance relationships.

Senior director, sales engineering APAC Max Verma, who was formerly Head of Solution Architecture APJ at SAP Qualtrics. Max will draw on expertise in customer experience and data analytics from his time at Westpac and Infosys to drive Seismic’s pre-sales capabilities and value consulting for customers.