International Tech Company, Hitachi Vantara Appoints New Regional Director for East and West Africa

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Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese multinational conglomerate, Hitachi Ltd, has appointed JP Smith as Regional Director for East and West Africa.

As Regional Director, Smith will be tasked with creating a high-performance culture within Hitachi Vantara’s local sales organisation and driving success through the delivery of business outcomes for the company’s key customers and stakeholders.

“With more than 20 years of experience in the ICT sector, JP is ideally placed to drive an aggressive growth strategy within Hitachi Vantara and increase the company’s market share locally,” said Tom Pegrume, Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Emerging Markets at Hitachi Vantara.

“We are confident that his appointment will strengthen our business development considerably and are delighted to have him on-board,” he continued.

Hitachi Vantara, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders “find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently.”

Hitachi, Ltd, the firm’s parent company, is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the internet of things (IoT) era, and has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide.

Having worked for leading international and regional information technology organisations, Smith has experience in a number of different capacities, including Head of Infrastructure, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Pre-Sales Director, Sales Manager, Software Account Manager and Pre-Sales Consultant.

“At Hitachi Vantara we combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business,” Smith commented.

“I look forward to leveraging these in order to accelerate local business growth and drive greater levels of excellence within our sales team,” he said.


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