NEC Australia announces new leadership team


news Technology services company NEC Australia has announced a new leadership team that will be led by Mike Barber, a member of the firm’s board and former Executive Director of IT Solutions and Services.

Taking on the title of Chief Operating Officer, Barber started in his new role Tuesday, 6 April.


He will lead NEC Australia’s operations nationally and be responsible for steering the company toward its mission to be a “top tier ICT provider in Australia”, the firm said.

“I am very honoured to say ‘I work for NEC’ and to be part of a great company, one that is developing a reputation for innovation and technical excellence in Australia and around the world,” said Barber. “This is a very exciting time in our industry and NEC Australia, along with our industry partners, is at the crest of this hi-tech wave.”

Barber has taken over the leadership role from NEC Australia’s current Managing Director, Tetsuro Akagi, who has been promoted to CEO of NEC Asia Pacific, which covers Australia and other countries in the Asia Pacific region, effective 1 April 2016.

Akagi has also been appointed Senior Vice President of NEC Corporation.

“Mike brings valuable knowledge and expertise in Australia’s technology and services sector and I am confident that he will be an asset to the management team,” said Akagi. “With this transition to Mike as Chief Operating Officer, I expect that NEC Australia will become stronger in the market.”

According to NEC, Akagi will continue to live in Melbourne and work closely with Barber to “build relationships and networks” within the Australia Pacific region.

NEC Australia has also appointed D’wayne Mitchell to the role of Director of IT Solutions where he will be responsible for infrastructure and applications operational services, and a number of other divisions.

Rounding off the new leadership team is Andy Hurt, who has been promoted to Director of Communication Solutions.

Hurt will be responsible for communications products and services, the specialist communications solutions business and NEC’s channel business, and makes the move from his current role as Executive General Manager of Channel.

With 25 years of industry experience, Hurt has previously worked at Honeywell, 3Com and Avaya holding senior management roles in operations, sales and marketing.

Image credit (Mike Barber): NEC