Anthony Clarke moves into newly created role focusing on services-led partners
SYDNEY, Australia — May 11, 2021 –– VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, is evolving its partner business in Australia and New Zealand to add greater value to the local ecosystem and empower partners to meet the changing needs of customers as they transform. A significant part of this evolution includes a new leader for the partner business and a new team to focus on services partnerships.
Olga Specjalska takes on the leadership role of Director, Partner Business for VMware in Australia and New Zealand, to drive the continuing evolution of the ecosystem and deepen VMwareâs engagement with partners and joint customers. In this role, Olga leads the team responsible for all aspects of VMware's ecosystem go-to-market program in Australia and New Zealand. This includes distribution, global systems integrators and outsourcing, OEMs, solution providers, services partnerships, partner readiness and business development.
Olga has a decade of experience within VMware, across several markets in APJ. During this time, she has repeatedly taken on roles requiring significant transformation and growth. Most recently she spent three years as Marketing Director for VMware in A/NZ, where she rebuilt and led the marketing organization through a significant transformative period. During this time, Olga drove a customer-centric marketing strategy through multiple acquisitions which involved the integration of new marketing organisations and transformed the go-to-market strategy to support VMware's business transition to a SaaS-based model.
Prior to this, Olga was focused on delivering strategic value for VMware's enterprise customers, as well leading regional strategy for demand-generation and sales acceleration.
“I look forward to working closely with our partners across Australia and New Zealand to support our customers’ unique needs as they evolve their technology strategies. Our partners play a critical role in delivering strategic value for customers, and I’m excited by the opportunity to deliver on VMware’s commitment to a simplified and consistent partner experience,” said Olga.
As part of the evolution of the VMware A/NZ partner business, a new team will be established to focus on global services partnerships.
Anthony Clarke moves into the newly created role of Director, Services-led Partnerships, reporting into Olga Specjalska. In this role, Anthony will partner with VMware’s services-led partners such as Accenture, Deloitte and others, to help our mutual customers realise greater value and opportunities for innovation via effective cloud strategies and building modern applications.
Anthony has more than 30 years of experience in technology and business leadership roles in Australia and the UK. During this time, his focus has been on establishing and building businesses and consulting practices to meet customers’ strategic technology needs. Most recently, Anthony spent three years leading VMware’s Tanzu (formerly Pivotal) business in Australia and New Zealand. Before joining the VMware Tanzu team, he held a range of roles focused on delivering value to customers and partners with organisations including Dynatrace/Compuware, Hitachi, Sun Microsystems/StorageTek and IBM.
Anthony said, “As our customers change the way they do business, I’m pleased to be placing a strong focus on our services partnerships. I look forward to leveraging my experience to work together with these important partners to identify and drive new opportunities in the market.”
Uma Thana Balasingam, Vice President of Partner and Commercial Organisation for VMware in APJ, said, “The way partners engage with customers and other partners has evolved, and so has the way they do business, therefore we are committed to continually adapting to meet the needs of our ecosystem and exceed customer expectations. A thriving partner community is a key component of our ongoing success, and I’m thrilled to welcome Olga and Anthony to the team to raise the bar in delivering value for our partner ecosystem.”
Brad Anderson, Vice President and Managing Director for VMware in Australia and New Zealand, said, “Customers need us to meet them wherever they are in their individual technology journeys and many are currently working out their multi-cloud strategy or dealing with the unique requirements of a newly distributed workforce. I’m confident that our new partner organisation under Olga’s leadership, will deliver the unique expertise and strategic value to create opportunities which truly benefit our local partner ecosystem and our mutual customers.”
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Senior Manager Communications, VMware ANZ