SINGAPORE– May 14, 2012 – Brocade® (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced the appointment of Charlie Foo to the role of vice president for Asia Pacific (APAC) effective immediately. Foo succeeds Deb Dutta to assume the region’s top role responsible for charting the company’s overall growth strategy across Asia Pacific and will be based in Singapore reporting directly into Ian Whiting, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales.
An industry veteran with more than 20 years of sales management and leadership experience, Foo was most recently senior director of the Brocade Partner Business Group for APAC where he drove the company’s regional business strategy for growth and diversification, and led the partner strategy with distributors, resellers, OEMs and global systems integrators across the region. He joined Brocade in January 2007.
Brocade is widely regarded for its industry leading networking solutions, providing service provider infrastructure, campus LANs, cloud-enabled data centers and storage networking. According to Forrester Research*, APAC is a growth region for IT with total investments in region expected to exceed $500 billion (USD) in 2012, a 10 percent increase from $460 billion in 2011, making it the third-largest IT market in the world. Investments for networking and communications infrastructure are also expected to grow in 2012 to almost $100 billion driven by the proliferation of smartphones and other powerful mobile devices as well as data center build-outs and modernization projects.
“Charlie is a dynamic leader with deep knowledge of the APAC market and is highly experienced in creating and implementing market-leading partner initiatives and strategies,” said Ian Whiting. “During the past five years, Charlie has built and led a robust and successful partner organization throughout the region, which is instrumental in accelerating our IP business growth and maintaining our SAN leadership position in the region. As APAC continues to take on an increased significance for our global business, we are confident that this region will quickly emerge as one of our primary growth engines under Charlie’s leadership.”
Prior to joining Brocade, Foo was regional director of Channel and Alliance for Asia Pacific/Japan at Veritas-Symantec. He also assumed senior regional leadership positions at IBM Corporation (software Group, Asia Pacific), Compaq Computers Asia/Pacific and Singapore Computer Systems. He holds an MBA from the University of Dubuque, Iowa, USA.
“Brocade is committed to serving this region’s customers with the best resources and support available, and continually investing heavily in the region to help them take full advantage of their investments and trust of Brocade networking solutions,” said Foo. “I am excited to take on this new role to help further our success across the region through working closely with our customers and partners. We are looking forward to the opportunities that APAC brings in 2012, particularly in areas of big data analytics and cloud services where spending is expected to increase for the delivery of agile business services.”
*Source: “Asia Pacific Tech Market Outlook for 2012″, Forrester Research