Climer aims to build Sony market share

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Sony high-flier Naomi Climer has been promoted to VP of Professional Solutions Europe. Previously head of media sales in western Europe, she has been charged with the task of building market share in digital signage, digital cinema and healthcare solutions.

A Sony representative said: “This is the first time that a woman earns such a senior position in the organisation and in such a short period of time.”

■ Chinese wireless software company TechFaith has brought in Christopher Patrick Holbert as its new CFO. Mr Holbert will replace acting-CFO Peter Wei, who will resume his position of chief accounting officer.

Dr Gilbert Lee, president of the company, said Mr Holbert was hired because of his Sarbanes Oxley compliance experience. Mr Holbert was most recently director of finance for software company CDC Corporation, and in the past was an auditor for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

■ Content management company Clearswift has appointed Ian Bowles to COO. Based in London, Mr Bowles – a 20-year veteran of the IT industry who was previously senior VP of the company – will target sales at larger customers and recruit more partners.

■ Also moving to England’s capital is Marc Duale, the former managing director of Reuters’ Asia Pacific operations. Mr Duale is to become president of storage company Iron Mountain’s European operations.

“[The company] has a strong reputation across Europe, an excellent business model and a strong culture,” Mr Duale said. “It was the combination of these three that led me to accept this role.”

Before Reuters, he served as a COO in APAC and the Middle-East region at DHL Worldwide Express.

■ CA, the software company, has found a new CTO. Alan F Nugent was promoted from his role of senior VP and general manager of CA’s enterprise systems unit, where he will continue to work until a successor is found. Prior to CA, he was senior VP and CTO at Novell.

And there are more reshuffles at CA as Samuel Greenblatt has moved into the role of senior VP for innovation. Mr Greenblatt will oversee research in intellectual property and government technical systems, while reporting to CEO John Swainson.

■ Novell has lost its APAC president to data management company Kalido. William M Hewitt, 46, is to become CEO and president for Kalido at the company’s HQ in Massachusetts. He replaces Bob Potter, who left the company this year. Kalido was started in the UK but now has 60 per cent of its customers in the US.

■ And John J Roese has left wireless semiconductor company Broadcom to become CTO at Nortel’s Canadian R&D centre in Ottawa. The company describes Roese as a “respected visionary and authority on emerging technologies”. He will also undertake some “spiritual responsibilities”, company officials reported.

“As CTO, John will represent the heart and soul of that innovation engine and become the spiritual leader for our more than 12,000 engineers and developers,” said CEO Mike Zafirovski.

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