Hitachi Data Systems Appoints Bill Porteous to Lead Managed Services Engagement

National Client Services Manager to Promote Cloud Business Through Key Services Partnerships

AUSTRALIA — October 9, 2013 — Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced the appointment of Bill Porteous as national client services manager responsible for managed services delivery for Australia and New Zealand. The appointment reinforces the company’s focus on delivering secure, dependable solutions to major managed service providers (MSP) and enterprise customers to capitalise on the growing demand for infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

Based in Sydney, Porteous will have primary responsibility for the delivery of Hitachi Data Systems managed services solutions as well as managing executive relationships across key enterprise accounts. Porteous joins Hitachi Data Systems from Vodafone Hutchison Australia, where he held positions including head of enterprise IT and head of outsource strategy and governance. While at Vodafone, he developed and executed a strategy to drive value from major multi-year outsourcing agreements.

Commenting on the appointment, John Wiggs, services director for Australia and New Zealand at Hitachi Data Systems, said, “The managed services space is a major focus for us and Bill’s depth of experience in this field will help us to work closer with our customers and partners to provide quality cloud services and support. As organisations are recognising the benefits of new IT delivery models, Bill will ensure our customers and MSP partners have the Hitachi products and services that can help them differentiate their cloud and IaaS solutions.”

Porteous has more than 20 years of industry experience. Prior to his tenure at Vodafone Hutchison Australia, he held senior management roles at EDS in Australia and New Zealand and IBM GSA in the United Kingdom.

Porteous said: “The Hitachi Data Systems market reputation and capability in this space is unrivalled. I’m looking forward to applying my experience in the Australian managed services sector to extend our reach into Australia’s growing and competitive services space. I want to work with customers and partners to create some business-changing solutions that help them innovate and advance Australian business.”

Hitachi Data Systems works with more than 20 MSPsin Australia and New Zealand, including organisations such as CSC, iSeek, ac3 and BulletProof Networks.

About Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems provides information technologies, services and solutions that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with information to make a difference in the world. Our customers gain compelling return on investment (ROI), unmatched return on assets (ROA), and demonstrable business impact. With approximately 6,100 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Our products, services and solutions are trusted by the world's leading enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune Global 100. Visit us at http://www.hds.com/anz/.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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