Extreme Networks, Inc., a cloud networking firm, announced changes to its leadership team in the APAC. Jeff Hurmuses has been promoted to SVP, APAC, Freddy Wang has been hired as the Country Sales Director for Taiwan and Makoto Naito is leading sales efforts in Japan.
What do the appointees bring to Extreme in their roles?
As country sales director for Taiwan, Freddy Wang will lead regional business growth strategies as well as drive Extreme’s expanded presence in the country. Freddy Wang brings more than 25 years of IT industry sales experience to his new role at Extreme and has expertise in growing channel business initiatives and marketing activities in Taiwan.
He joins from Juniper Networks, where he was the senior channel and commercial sales leader for Taiwan and was recognized with the APAC High Achiever Award in 2020 and 2021. Previously, Wang held various sales leadership positions at Genesys, Polycom and Avaya.
As senior vice president of APAC, Hurmuses will manage sales operations and continue to drive growth for Extreme across the region. Hurmuses joined the company in 2021 as vice president of sales in APAC and has played a significant role in establishing a presence in the region with key customer wins like LG Electronics and Marriott Hotel Group Greater China.
He has also been crucial in bringing in new talent and realigning strategies across Extreme’s APAC presence for accelerated growth. Prior to joining Extreme, Hurmuses held various sales and operations roles in APAC, most recently serving as area vice president at Malwarebytes.
Naito-san will drive growth opportunities in Japan. He has over 40 years of expertise in IT sales in Japan and has held sales leadership roles at firms like Sony, Akamai Technologies, IBM, APC Japan, Schneider Electric, Dell, CA Technologies, Barracuda, Eurotech and NCR Corporation. Most recently, he was the regional managing director at DXC Technology.
What were the executive’s thoughts on the appointments?
Joe Vitalone, Chief Revenue Officer, Extreme Networks said, “Extreme has seen rapid growth across the APAC region over the past year, with major brands trusting us to deliver best-in-class networking solutions including Marriott Hotel Group Greater China and LG Electronics.”
“Jeff has been a force of growth for us, and I know he will continue to drive success in his new role overseeing the region. Freddy and Naito-san will build upon our team of strong, experienced sales leaders and will be an excellent support system for Jeff as Extreme continues to expand in the APAC market. I have confidence that we will quickly realize and even exceed our regional goals for growth as they step into their new roles,” Vitalone said.