"This appointment highlights our commitment and focus on ensuring our customers realise the full benefits of digital transformation," said HDS Asia Pacific senior vice-president and general manager, Mark Ablett.
"With Russell's extensive background in the IT industry, he will steer our teams toward greater success, offering the advanced expertise and market awareness that our customers need."
Skingsley joined HDS from Juniper Networks where he was most recently vice-president of systems engineering. He held several other senior positions at that company.
"With the Asia Pacific market continuing to grow and offer huge opportunities for companies to capitalise on digital transformation, vendors that can offer valuable insights and innovative solutions will stand out as leaders. I am delighted to join the Hitachi Data Systems team and to support our teams and customers in delivering valuable enterprise transformation," said Skingsley.