Telecom Career: HDS hires new CTO for APAC

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Hitachi Data Systems names IT vet Russel Skingsley CTO for APAC

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi has appointed Russell Skingsley as its chief technology officer, solutions and products group leader and head of presales for Asia Pacific.

Based in Singapore, Skingsley will be responsible for the technical direction of HDS APAC and for leading a team of solution-focused business consultants and technical experts to help customers realize business transformation.

Working with country pre-sales leadership teams, he will also lead the collaboration and enablement of HDS teams to enhance expertise across a range of domains in the region. He will continue to build alignment across the HDS specialist community and drive its digital transformation strategy in APAC.

Skingsley has over 25 years of work experience in the IT industry and has helped a wide range of customer groups including government departments, financial institutions, major universities and telecommunications providers around the globe.

Prior to joining HDS, Skingsley was vice president of systems engineering for APAC at Juniper Networks and was previously chief technology officer of a major telecoms provider in Vietnam.

Criteo names Yvonne Chang executive MD for APAC

Criteo, which supplies performance marketing technology, has appointed Yvonne Chang as executive managing director of Asia Pacific.

In her new role, Chang will provide strategic direction and further accelerate the growth of Criteo’s APAC business, whose portfolio of customers currently includes AskmeBazaar, Expedia,, Rakuten, and ZALORA.

Based in Singapore, Chang will oversee Criteo operations in Australia, China, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. She will also be responsible for new business development and the expansion of existing advertiser and publisher relationships into Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Chang joins Criteo from Eastern Broadcasting, one of the largest media companies in Taiwan, where she was President.

MEF appoints new board of directors for 2016-2017

The MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) has appointed a new board of directors for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
The team will guide MEF's efforts to drive the industry transition from static to agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services. These productivity-enhancing services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks.

The elected board members include:

  • Vincent Alesi – Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Network Services Planning, Verizon
  • Nan Chen – Executive Vice Chairman, CENX
  • Lance Hassan – Director of Commercial Services, Charter Communications
  • Allan Langfield – Executive Director, Product Development, Comcast
  • Scott Mansfield – Principal Engineer, Ericsson
  • Eric Puetz – Director, Standards and Industry Alliances, AT&T Labs
  • Raghu Ranganathan – Principal & Distinguished Engineer, Office of CTO, Ciena
  • Ralph Santitoro – Head of SDN/NFV Solutions Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications
  • Shahar Steiff – AVP New Technology, PCCW Global
  • Michael Strople – Managing Director, Canada, Zayo Group & President, Zayo Managed Services, Zayo Group
  • Alessandro Talotta – Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Italia Sparkle

Sony Pictures Television appoints regional head of content and marketing

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks has promoted Virginia Lim to senior vice president and head of content, production and marketing for the Asia region.

Based in Singapore, Lim continues to oversee the entire network portfolio of Asian and English content channels, including leading general entertainment powerhouses AXN and ONE, as well as Animax, Sony Channel and GEM.

Specifically, Lim is responsible for the overall content management for the five channels, including programming, acquisitions and original productions; as well as brand marketing and on-air promotions.

“Since taking over the consolidated content group in April 2015, Virginia has made an outstanding contribution to growing SPT Networks’ business in Asia, ensuring our channels remain leaders in their respective genres and that we continue to deliver entertainment that is multi-screen, locally relevant and engaging for our viewers in Asia,” said Ang Hui Keng, senior vice president and general manager for SPT Networks Asia.


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