New MD for Motorola Australia

12 month wait for formal replacement

After a year long wait Motorola has finally announced the appointment of a new country manager for Australia.

The head of Motorola's networks and enterprise business for Australasia, Spiros Nikolakopoulos, has been appointed managing director of Motorola Australia Pty Ltd.

He also becomes country manager responsible for Motorola's Australian , New Zealand and Pacific Island operations.

He replaces John Gherghetta who held the country manager position in Australia from 2001 until March, 2006.

A Motorola spokesperson said Gherghetta was transferred to Europe to run Motorola's enterprise activities and there was a gap with Nikolakopoulos acting in the position for almot a year or until today's announcement.

Nikolakopoulos joined Motorola in May of 1984 and held a wide range of engineering, sales and management roles before relocating to Motorola Singapore in 1994 to take on a regional business development role.

In 1998, he returned to Australia to manage Motorola's largest premium dealership.

In 2001 he became general manager of Motorola's commercial government and industrial solutions business and was responsible for major growth in the company's government and enterprise radio and broadband data businesses.

One of his major achievements was the planning and implementation of emergency services radio and data networks for the Victorian Government.

The networks, built-owned and operated by Motorola for the state, have set a global benchmark in value added managed services for emergency communications.

Nikolakopoulos originally joined Motorola in what was then known as the Land Mobile Products engineering group and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Motorola recently underwent a major restructure slashing five percent of its global workforce.

Motorola is in the process of cutting 3,500 jobs of its 70,000 employees to be completed by the end of 2007.

This will lower its corporate cost structure by $US400 million, according to the company's Chief Executive Officer Ed Zander.

Australia is a key part of Motorola's global roadmap. In software alone, Motorola Australia's annual exports have reached $A80 million ($US62.6 million) with the company setting up software development centres in Adelaide and Perth.

More than 600 IT staff are employed in the region and following Nokia, Motorola is the world's second largest wireless handset vendor.

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