Based in Melbourne, Coad was most recently managing director for Australia and New Zealand for Big Switch Networks.
Prior to Big Switch, Coad worked for five years at Aruba Networks, initially as managing director for Australia and New Zealand and subsequently as managing director – South Pacific upon the company’s acquisition by HPE.
He also previously held senior regional leadership positions at Cisco, including country manager for New Zealand, sales director for the company’s service provider business in China, and director of customer advocacy in South Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Coad was also general manager for South Asia for EMC and worked as director of enterprise sales – Australia for VMware.
Cohesity says that in his new role Coad will be responsible for accelerating adoption of the company’s disruptive software that empowers enterprises to back up, manage, and extract value from their data across on-premises, cloud, and edge environments.
Coad will also work with local channel partners to deliver rich data management solutions to enterprises across Australia and New Zealand.
“Steve not only brings a wealth of relevant industry expertise to Cohesity, but he also has a deep understanding of the regional market and the IT infrastructure needs of enterprises in Australia and New Zealand,” said William Ho, vice president of sales, Asia Pacific region, Cohesity.
“His experience will be instrumental in accelerating our business growth while enabling our customers and partners to extract maximum value their most important digital asset – their data.”
Commenting on his appointment, Coad said: “Cohesity is committed to empowering more organisations throughout Australia and New Zealand to embrace modern data management software that, unlike cumbersome legacy products, makes it easy to manage data on-premises, in the cloud, and at the edge.”
“I’m thrilled to be part of an organisation that is seeing such rapid growth globally and I look forward to working with customers and partners in the region to solve the critical challenge of mass data fragmentation while making data more productive.”