Foster takes over as Fujitsu’s Vawdrey promoted


Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand chief executive Rod Vawdrey (pictured, second from right) has been promoted to be the vice president of Fujitsu’s Global Business Group, a move which will see him leave his long-held role leading the company’s local operations.

In a brief statement issued yesterday, Fujitsu Ltd announced Vawdrey would replace Richard Christou, who had resigned from his role after three years, to become corporate executive adviser for global affairs. According to his personal LinkedIn page, in his capacity of vice president, Christou was in charge for all Fujitsu’s business outside Japan.

Vawdrey had held the position of CEO and MD for Fujitsu A/NZ since 2003. Prior to joining the group, he worked as sales and marketing vice president at NCR. His shoes will be filled in an acting capacity by Fujitsu executive and former KAZ MD Mike Foster. It appears this story was first broken by iTNews.

On his Linkedin page, Vawdrey states he has 25 years of experience in the ICT industry, beginning as a graduate trainee in 1978 and gaining a variety of experiences that led him to move through sales to general management and business leadership. Besides his role at Fujitsu, Vawdrey is also one of the board directors at the Australian Information Industry Association and the father of six children.

Under his guidance, Fujitsu achieved several major acquisitions in Australia, including local IT services company, KAZ, in 2009. At that time KAZ’s managing director was Mike Foster who after the acquisition became Fujitsu ANZ group executive director of sales and business development. Prior to working at KAZ, Foster had joined Telstra in 2000, where he held the position of managing director for business and government sales.

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