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Movers and shakers: Jonathan Bird of Farmlands, Chris Barendregt of PwC and Andrew France of Wynyard

Movers and shakers: Jonathan Bird of Farmlands, Chris Barendregt of PwC and Andrew France of Wynyard

A roundup of the latest business technology executive appointments and events in New Zealand and Australia.

Jonathan Bird is now solution architect at Farmlands Co-operative Society in Christchurch, following an eight-year stint as information technology and process manager at Designer Textiles International.

Chris Barendregt is now a consulting partner at PwC in Auckland. The former Fonterra CIO is also on secondment to Inland Revenue until the end of the year.

Barendregt was group CIO at Fonterra Cooperative Group for six years, and was an executive at EDS (now HP). PwC says the appointment of Barendregt is in line with its strategy to grow its technology and digital capabilities.

Nicole Hughes is now program manager at Datacom, after a year-and-a-half as general manager information technology operations at PwC. Before this, she was with Microsoft as service management consultant and also with Southern Cross Healthcare as service manager, IS. She also worked as an independent consultant.

Claudia Vidal general manager, IB4T Limited, is now independent director at S4W/AMES IT.

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Claudia Vidal
Claudia Vidal

Andrew France, OBE, former deputy director of cyber defence operations at British Intelligence Agency GCHQ, joins Wynyard Group as strategic advisor intelligence.

France spent the last years of his GCHQ career developing and delivering a national cyber defence strategy as part of a mission to protect the United Kingdom from cyber threats.

France will be based in Wynyard Group’s London office and will work across Wynyard’s operations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UAE.

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Wynyard Group CEO Craig Richardson says the appointment of France was a coup for the company that has focused on attracting industry experts to help support its customers and advance its market leading technology.

France joins former Commander of the London Metropolitan Police Homicide and Serious Crime Group Dave Johnston, former Executive Assistant Director FBI Louis Grever and former Assistant Secretary at the US Office of Homeland Security Louis Quijas, to the security software provider.

Psoda expands Australian footprint through Macquarie Telecom

Cloud software provider Psoda expands its footprint in Australia through a partnership with integrated hosting and telecommunications company, Macquarie Telecom.

Under the partnership, Psoda’s integrated project, program and portfolio management (PPM) software will be hosted Macquarie Telecom’s Tier 3 data centre, Intellicentre 2 (IC2) in Sydney.

The agreement enables Psoda to meet increasing demand from Australian clients for locally hosted access to its solutions.

Psoda’s existing Australian client base includes The Department of Transport NSW, Chandler McLeod, The Sydney College of Law, and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

Bruce Aylward, CEO of Psoda, says hosting from IC2 removes potential data sovereignty, latency, and transparency issues, which were a major concern for a number of potential Australian customers.

“We’re looking to grow our presence in the Australian government and enterprise sectors. Hosting sensitive data internationally is a contentious issue for many organisations. The ambiguity of data sovereignty isn’t going to go away. By hosting at IC2 for our Australian customers we have removed this issue completely.

“We have aggressive growth plans for the Asia Pacific region and to make our mark we knew we had to prove our commitment to local businesses and government agencies. Removing all potential hosting barriers was an important first step.

Bruce Aylward, CEO and founder of Psoda
Bruce Aylward, CEO and founder of Psoda

The ambiguity of data sovereignty isn’t going to go away. By hosting at IC2 for our Australian customers we have removed this issue completely.

Bruce Aylward, Psoda

“Hosting onshore with a partner who meets our high standards and who is ready to grow with us as our customer base expands, is critical to achieving success,” says Aylward.

Macquarie Telecom is Psoda’s first international hosting partner, and the two companies will work together as Psoda continues to invest regionally, capitalising on the growing demand for secure cloud-based project, program and portfolio management software.

James Mystakidis, group executive of hosting at Macquarie Telecom, says Psoda is a challenger company in New Zealand with huge potential to shake-up the Australian SaaS landscape.

“To execute this expansion successfully, the team needs high levels of support, flexibility, and control so that the business can flourish when they’re not in Sydney.

“Macquarie Telecom will execute activity on behalf of Psoda through our remote hands service where our engineers and technicians make changes based on their instructions. They need this level of involvement as Psoda’s solution includes colocation and self-managed firewalls,” says Mystakidis.

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New executives at IDATA

Sanoop Kuniel, a highly experienced technical consultant, is now solutions architect at IDATA, following 11years working in ICT in Singapore, India and New Zealand. He has a range of professional qualifications including: TOGAF, IBM Certified Infrastructure Systems Architect (ISA) and IBM Certified Solutions Architect – Cloud. He is also a VMware Certified Professional.

Hans Beyer-Rieger is now account manager responsible for relationship management and business development in the Wellington and Palmerston North regions.

Craig Ferguson is now services manager. Prior to IDATA, Craig spent over 14 years working at Hewlett-Packard where he specialised in the organisation’s Enterprise Server, Storage and Data Protection systems.

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