Siemens appoints new GM for A/NZ

Australia becomes a blueprint for the entire globe

Siemens Enterprise Networks A/NZ has appointed Eric Hampel as general manager.

He replaces Mario Vecchio who has been tasked with running strategic initiatives for the Siemens Enterprise Networks indirect channel.

Since restructuring in March 2007, the Australian operations of Siemens Enterprise Networks has led operations across the globe and is now being used as the blueprint worldwide.

Hampel joined Siemens Australia in August 2007, after spending five years at Siemens' corporate headquarters in Munich.

He was initially the operations director in Australia and was heavily involved in the implementation of new Siemens business models.

An engineering graduate, he joined the company in 2001.

The newly created Siemens Enterprise Networks launched in Australia in April amid corruption and bribery scandals at its parent company.

The Australian entity, under Vecchio's leadership, was able to establish its own credentials in the local market directly taking on rivals such as NEC and Nortel.

Moreover, the company finalized its joint venture with Nokia launching Nokia Siemens Networks earlier this year.

In recent years, Siemens has moved away from the telecommunications market, selling its mobile phone handset manufacturing business to BenQ Corp. in 2005 and putting its telecommunications network equipment activities into a joint venture with Nokia which was first announced last June.

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