Microsoft New Zealand has announced the appointment of Mr Kevin Ackhurst as the company’s new country manager. Mr Ackhurst, who has worked at Microsoft since 1997, will officially commence in his new role on 22 October 2007.
Mr Ackhurst currently leads Microsoft Corporation’s international efforts with governments as Worldwide General Manager, Operations and Business Strategy for Public Sector. In this role he has been instrumental in assisting Microsoft teams across the company work with governments focused on developing digital strategies to transform their economies.
Microsoft Asia Pacific President, Emilio Umeoka said Mr Ackhurst’s 15 years experience in the information technology industry, together with his 10 year tenure at Microsoft, places him in good stead to lead the Microsoft team in New Zealand.
“Mr Ackhurst is a strong leader with a very successful track record in the industry. He has a firm understanding of the global landscape that will ensure we better fulfil our commitment to customers and partners in New Zealand and help them realise their full potential,” said Mr Umeoka.
Mr Ackhurst said he was delighted at the opportunity to work more closely with the Microsoft New Zealand team.
“New Zealand has a thriving software industry and New Zealanders have a strong reputation for being innovative and creative. I am looking forward to harnessing this potential and ensuring that our customers, partners and the wider community in New Zealand are advantaged by Microsoft’s global network.”
Prior to his role in the United States, Mr Ackhurst was the Public Sector Director in Microsoft Australia from 2003 to 2006. In this role, he was instrumental in the development of the Innovation Centre concept which resulted in the launch of the Microsoft New Zealand Innovation Centre. The New Zealand Innovation Centre works with national and local government agencies to identify and accelerate innovative uses of IT that help address key public service challenges.
The intellectual property generated from Innovation Centre projects is made freely available to any interested government organisation.
Mr Ackhurst has also worked as the Director of Microsoft Services in Australia, and was responsible for customer support, consulting, and customer service. He first joined Microsoft Consulting Services in the company’s South African subsidiary. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was the Systems and Technology Manager for the South African Hewlett Packard distributor, COSI Distribution.