19 April 2012

SMX Appoints New Sales Manager – NZ & Australia

New Zealand cloud-based email security and platform as a service provider SMX has appointed former HP senior account manager Tiaan Blaauw to the position of sales manager, New Zealand and Australia.

Before joining SMX, Tiaan Blaauw spent nearly four years at HP as a senior account manager within the Technology Services division of HP's New Zealand Enterprise Business, responsible for consulting services sales to strategic HP customers in Health and Local Government.

Originally from South Africa, Tiaan Blaauw moved to New Zealand in 2004 to take up the position of head of sales and implementations for Medtech Global, the largest supplier of software applications to the New Zealand primary health sector. Prior to Medtech Global, he was marketing manager for a medical aid fund and a marketing and implementation consultant for the Metropolitan Health Group – on of South Africa's top three medical aid administrators.

SMX CEO and co-founder Jesse Ball says Tiaan Blaauw's breadth and depth of experience in sales, marketing, project management and in building and leading teams will be highly valued by SMX.

"Tiaan has an unusual and valuable combination of technical expertise around the latest Cloud technologies, including virtualization, along with a track record of being able to drive and manage a sophisticated consultative sales model involving multiple partners and channels, " Ball says

"Tiaan's understanding of the technology, his strong relationships across key target SMX industry sectors, and his proven sales track record will allow him to hit the ground running as SMX continues its strong growth across Australia and New Zealand."

Tiaan Blaauw says he looks forward to being part of a dynamic, young team and a well established New Zealand owned company." The New Zealand and Australia market holds a lot of opportunity for SMX. It's great to be leading a sales team armed with the most highly regarded and proven Cloud service platform in the region. The Cloud is where it's happening, and SMX is right there at the cutting edge. It's an exciting and challenging opportunity," Tiaan Blaauw said.