Tuesday, 24 March 2015 21:38

Acquia beefs up for Asia, Australia expansion with IT veteran appointment

Graham Sowden, Acquia GM Asia Pacific & Japan Graham Sowden, Acquia GM Asia Pacific & Japan

Digital experience vendor Acquia has appointed 20 year IT sales and marketing veteran Graham Sowden as the general manager of its operations in Asia Pacific and Japan.

Sowden joins Acquia from Informatica, where during his tenure as senior vice president of Asia-Pacific Japan he helped the company grow revenue sixfold. He was previously president of Asia Pacific at Mercury Interactive, and was a managing director at Progress Software and a director at Fujitsu-ICL.

Sowden will be based in Acquia’s regional headquarters in Sydney.

Acquia CEO Tom Erickson said Sowden was leading expansion of the Acquia team in APJ, “helping grow our capabilities to meet the very strong demand for solutions that bring together content, community and context.”

“We’re making key investments to grow our team in Asia-Pacific Japan, and we’re committed to helping the world’s top brands gain agility to deliver personalised experiences to their customers. Adding senior leaders such as Graham will keep us moving forward in helping companies think ahead in how they engage customers.”

Erickson said Acquia is experiencing rapid growth in the region, particularly in the transportation, healthcare, and higher education sectors, with key customers including Flight Centre, Foxtel, TransLink and Earth Hour.

He said bolstered by increased global demand for its solutions for unifying content, community and commerce, Acquia is expanding its operations in Asia Pacific and Japan.

Erickson said Acquia will be growing its team in Australia to serve its growing customer base and broaden its market reach, and during the next 12 months plans to expand its presence in North and South Asia to address increasing demand from businesses and government organisations, tackling the digital transformations that are critical for their future prosperity.

Acquia says helping fuel the company’s growth in the region  is the rollout of the Australian Government’s “unprecedented” govCMS initiative, which was launched to help more than 500 federal government agencies across Australia increase their efficiency and lower their costs as they better engage citizens with government services.

“Initiatives like govCMS demonstrate how great and important organisations are transforming their users’ lives on a grand scale, improving engagement and delivering better service in every interaction. Acquia’s open cloud platform provides the technical innovation to help forward thinking enterprises thrive,” Sowden said.

“I’ve joined an amazing team at Acquia, and I look forward to helping our customers succeed and grow in 2015 and beyond.”

Acquia provides an open cloud platform and SaaS applications for the delivery of govCMS from a data centre in Australian.

Erickson says Acquia’s team in India also continues to grow, powered by its work with key system integrators such as Accenture, Capgemini, Sapient, and Wipro.

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