Infor has named a new leader for its APJ region following the departure of Helen Masters to Ivanti. It has appointed Chema Aramburu as executive vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ). Aramburu joins from Oracle. He has spent the last thirteen years in leadership positions at SAP and Oracle in the region. Previous to that, he worked in Europe for Oracle and Dell.
Aramburu will be based at the Infor hub in Singapore. He will be responsible for the Infor business across ASEAN Australia and New Zealand, Greater China, Korea, India and Japan. In recent months Infor has had several wins in the region and has gathered some momentum. These included CAF Australia, Atena in Japan and Deppon Express in China.
Kevin Samuelson, Infor CEO, commented: “Chema is a seasoned leader in the IT and cloud industry, with a proven track record in leading business transformations and building successful sales teams. We are excited to have him on board to lead Asia Pacific, a region of tremendous opportunity and diversity.
“The APAC customers I have met are looking to technology to help accelerate innovation, grow and transform their businesses – be it quick access to data to attain better decision-making, or enhancing relationships with customers and with supply chains that have flexibility and agility so that their business models can be highly adaptive. Infor’s multi-tenant CloudSuites are purpose-built for specific industries and enable organizations to drive greater operational efficiencies, scale their business quickly and achieve outstanding customer outcomes.”
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Infor has managed to fill the big hole left by Masters with someone of equal or even greater calibre. Aramburu will leverage the knowledge gained working in the region at Infor’s leading competitors. He led the Oracle Autonomous database team and will have forged relationships with many potential customers. At SAP, he was part of the Digital Transformation office. He also led the small-medium business segment, growing its revenues substantially. It will be interesting to see what his focus for Infor is in the region.
Aramburu commented: “I am excited to be leading a region that is seeing exponential growth as one of the key engines of the global economy, and where cloud adoption is accelerating rapidly across all sectors. As businesses increasingly look to digitize and scale their operations for greater agility and resiliency, technology and the cloud will continue to be a key enabler. Infor is uniquely positioned to deliver industry-specific services and solutions to address the diverse challenges faced by businesses today, and I look forward to helping our customers navigate their transformation journey.
“Instrumental to driving huge growth and success out here will be my team. People talent is one of Infor’s greatest assets, and I am personally thrilled to be a mentor and coach, and to help develop and retain a high-performing team who will delight our customers at every touch point.”
Aramburu will hope to halt a leadership drain in Asia before it begins. In Europe, several country leaders left following the departure of Cormac Watters to Oracle.