Cloudian hires three new senior leaders in major A/NZ expansion

James Wright, Cloudian’s Regional Director for A/NZ, ASEAN, and Oceania

Cloudian announced several new regional appointments, including Evan Duryea as Channel Director for ANZ, ASEAN and Oceania, as the company steps up its regional expansion.

The enhanced leadership team reflects Cloudian’s success in bringing its award-winning data management and protection solutions to a range of new enterprise and service provider customers, as well as establishing new reseller partnerships in the region.

What is Duryea’s industry expertise?

Based in Melbourne, Duryea brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role, having co-founded IT consulting firm Thomas Duryea in 2000. The firm was acquired by Logicalis in 2015, which led to Duryea leading the new company’s hybrid cloud and data centre practice.

“I’ve known the regional team a long time and have been following their success in driving Cloudian in the region. Cloudian doesn’t just lead in its own right; it’s fast become an integral part of other major tech solutions through its alliance partnership network,” said Duryea.

“That provides value to the channel as it fits into the bigger picture of what they’re looking to position and sell to clients. I’ve sat on the other side of the channel table for decades, and I’ve seen the good and bad of how vendors approach and work with the channel.”

“Partner experience is often missing from vendor channel managers’ CVs, and I’m looking forward to leveraging it and expanding Cloudian’s channel presence across the region.”

Who were the other Cloudian senior appointments?

The data management firm has also appointed Sydney-based Anna Christensen as A/NZ and ASEAN Head of Marketing, and Sydney-based Norman Joe as A/NZ Regional Sales Manager.

Christensen brings extensive marketing experience, including roles at information technology distributors NEXTGEN and Exclusive Networks – while Joe joins from Commvault and has considerable prior experience from a range of roles at companies like Dicker Data and IBM.

The additions to the leadership team follow continued expansion of Cloudian across the region, with a range of new client deals, partnership agreements, and implementation of vital integrations with alliance partners, including AWS, Veeam, VMware, and WEKA.

Cloudian has seen particular success in the telecoms, government, healthcare, and research and development sectors, as organisations raise their storage requirements to support data-intensive workloads and extracting greater value from their information.

Their expertise in hybrid cloud storage and security has proven attractive to firms re-thinking their cloud posture due to concerns about data sovereignty and ransomware attacks.

“Cloudian is solving major challenges for businesses and gov’t organisations across the region, like fast-accelerating data demand and a need to recalibrate where and how data is stored,” said James Wright, Cloudian’s Regional Director for A/NZ, ASEAN, and Oceania.

“The depth of information technology and channel experience Evan, Anna, and Norman bring to the table will be a catalyst for Cloudian and its partners’ continued growth and success in the region as we work to meet customers’ evolving data management and protection needs. We’ll also continue our recruitment drive across the region over the next year,” Wright said.

The appointments follow another milestone year for Cloudian – with the organisation reporting its seventh consecutive year of record bookings, an expanded global customer base of approximately 700 and noteworthy industry recognition and awards.

Some of the awards Cloudian received include the Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage and – for Cloudian’s Object Lock ransomware protection – Best Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Solution at the SC Awards and Data Security Solution of the Year at the CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards.