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Thursday, 08 October 2020 01:12

Foster departing Fujitsu Australia, NZ as former Akamai exec takes over Featured

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Mike Foster, Fujitsu Mike Foster, Fujitsu

Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand CEO Mike Foster is departing the company after 10 years, with 30-year ICT industry veteran and former Akamai Asia Pacific chief Graeme Beardsell to take over the role.

Beardsell joins Japanese tech giant Fujitsu from Akamai where, as managing director for Asia Pacific & Japan, he led the business across 15 countries in Asia Pacific for the past six years.

Beardsell will be based in Melbourne and report to Hidenori Furuta, COO & CTO, head of Global Solutions Business, head of International Regions at Fujitsu and Kazuo Yuasa, vice head of International Regions at Fujitsu Limited.

Hidenori Furuta said: “It is with regret I am announcing today that, after 10 years of successfully leading Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, Mike Foster and Fujitsu have mutually agreed on his departure on October 31, 2020”.

“Mike has had many successes over the years as Fujitsu’s leader in Oceania, having most recently implemented a new operating model for the region. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike for his leadership and contribution to Fujitsu over the past decade, and to wish him all the success in his future endeavours.”

Fujitsu says Beardsell is an accomplished technology executive with over 30 years of experience in senior management, profit and loss (P&L), sales, consulting, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and product management roles across start-ups and well-established companies, such as IBM, Salesforce, Experian and Akamai.

Hidenori Furuta reaffirmed Fujitsu’s commitment to the region, saying, “I’m confident that Graeme’s international experience, breadth of knowledge and expertise will be great assets to drive business growth and to accelerate our transformation journey in the region.”

“Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand remains firmly focused on customers, partners and employees during this time of transition and in the future.”


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