Fujitsu General Australia MD role expands

To include New Zealand.

Fujitsu General Australia managing director, Philip Perham, will now also oversee the New Zealand business, following the recent departure of Fujitsu General New Zealand managing director, Michael Somerville.

Fujitsu General New Zealand, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu General Australia, has been operating as a standalone business for the past 20 years.

Perham has been with Fujitsu General Australia for more than 19 years, making valuable contributions to the company during that time. In particular, while in the position of deputy managing director he was heavily involved in the planning and implementation of the organisation’s evolution. Since becoming managing director of the Australian business, he has successfully led the improvement of people culture, values and driving success within the business.

Mikio Yokokawa from Fujitsu General Limited, Japan will take on the role of director – internal control for Fujitsu General New Zealand. Yokokawa was previously director for Australia and New Zealand for a little over three years, before his return back to Japan in 2016.

Andrew Harland has been promoted to the position of general manager for Fujitsu General New Zealand. He has been with the New Zealand business for two years in a national sales role, and more recently took on further responsibility running the business in the absence of a managing director. Koji Nakao will continue as director of Fujitsu General New Zealand.

Commenting on his appointment, Perham said, “I am delighted to take on the role as managing director of Fujitsu General New Zealand. The New Zealand team is, and has been, performing well so it’s important to me to keep the independence of the business.

“The Australian management team has been working closely with New Zealand to look at operating synergies between the two countries for improved efficiencies, policies, procedures and greater collaboration, particularly in the areas of Finance, Credit, IT and Product.

“What I hope to bring to the table in New Zealand is a greater focus on the people, as we look to further enhance the culture within the organisation, as well as growth opportunities, in particular the retail and commercial channels.

“I wish to congratulate Andrew Harland on his well-deserved promotion to general manager. Andrew took on responsibility for the business with Michael’s departure and has done a stellar job in supporting and motivating the New Zealand team.

“I would also like to welcome back Mikio Yokokawa who will play a pivotal role in assisting Andrew, Koji and I as we look to strengthen the policies and procedures of the New Zealand business.”

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