Azlan, GFI and Purple WiFi also reveal new appointments

New senior figures at Lenovo, AMD, GFI and more

With new roles for Jon Atherton and Tracy Pound being announced today, here is our roundup of other big appointments within the technology industry.


The vendor has announced two promotions at the company, which sees Liu Jun, executive VP of Lenovo Mobile Business Group and chairman of the Motorola Mobility management board, will become a special consultant to the CEO on mobile business and strategy for a certain period of time.

Jun built the company’s mobile business four years ago and has driven Lenovo into many emerging markets.

Chen Xudong, Lenovo’s leader of its internet-focused ShenQi spinoff, will become leader of MBG and chairman of Motorola Mobility.

He joined Lenovo back in 1993, and previously served as President of China for five years and lead Lenovo’s China PC market share from 26 to 36 per cent with profit doubled.


Jim Anderson has joined AMD as senior VP and general manager for the company’s computing and graphics business group.

In his role, Anderson will be responsible for managing all aspects of strategy, business management, engineering and sales.

Anderson joins AMD from Intel, where he completed the acquisition and integration of the Axxia processor business from Avago Technologies to Intel.

Dr. Su, president and CEO of AMD, said: “Jim’s business and technical expertise make him another strong addition to AMD’s leadership team.

“His deep industry knowledge and proven ability to transform businesses to drive profitable growth make him the ideal candidate to lead the Computing and Graphics business."

He also spent the last decade at Avago Technologies and LSI Corporation in a variety of leadership positions.


Security software provider GFI has revealed that industry veteran Scott Brighton will become the company’s new CEO.

He brings more than 25 years of experience to the role, having helped enterprises use technology to create business change.

Prior to this role, Brighton worked at Aurea software for two years, where he helped grow the company from $40 million to $200 million.

Brighton said: “I am delighted to take over as CEO at this critical time for GFI Software, and I’m looking forward to working with the executive team to help the company realise its full potential.

"Our goal is nothing less than to create the premiere IT management software company for small and medium businesses."


Following a Dell enterprise agreement, Tech Data’s Enterprise arm Azlan has appointed dedicated Dell business development managers for each product line including, servers, storage, networking, software and service.

The firm is putting in place 25 trained internal sales specialists, plus eight pre-sales experts and ten field sales specialists.

Azlan has also created a new lead generation team to help drive new business for partners across its entire Dell Enterprise range. 

Rob Tomlin, director of enterprise at Tech Data Azlan, said: “From day-one we will be the best-equipped distribution partner for Dell Enterprise solutions in the UK, with more people and resources available to help partners maximise their potential." 

Purple WiFi

Purple Wifi has bolstered its team with the addition of Lars Elbaek Kristensen as regional manager in Northern Europe.

Based in Copenhagenm, Denmark, Kristensen will be responsible for expanding Purple WiFi’s strategic expansion into Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, as well as Northern Europe.

Kristensen has two decades of experience in setting up new businesses and driving sales for networking and security solutions, including establishing security firm Kaspersky in the Nodics.

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