Hitachi Data Systems Appoints Grant Woodbury as Senior Systems Engineer, New Zealand

IT Industry Veteran to Focus on Data Management Solutions to underpin Digital Transformation for New Zealand

AUCKLAND September 7, 2016 — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced the appointment of Grant Woodbury as Senior Systems Engineer for its New Zealand business. Based in Auckland, Grant brings more than 25 years of storage and ANZ channel knowledge to the company.

Grant brings a well-established technology pedigree, including software and SQL development with Sybase, hardware sales with Sun Microsystems prior to a 15 year tenure with NetApp. During this time he has worked in various Technical, Account and Channel Management positions, across many industry sectors across Australia and New Zealand.

Previously Grant was based in Sydney, Australia for five years, during which time he led teams for technical enablement in a national role.

Grant joins Auckland-based Territory Manager Jacques Cronje to support recent market growth and to discover, expand and to provide technical depth and coverage locally.

“This appointment highlights our commitment and focus to the New Zealand market,” said Nathan McGregor, vice president and general manager, Hitachi Data Systems Australia & New Zealand. “With Grant’s extensive background in the IT industry, he will support our New Zealand team in generating future success.”

“The market continues to offer great opportunities for companies to capitalise on digital transformation, and vendors that can offer valuable insights and innovative solutions will stand out as leaders. I am delighted to welcome Grant to the Hitachi Data Systems team to support our customers in delivering valuable enterprise transformation.”

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About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help global organizations open new revenue streams, increase efficiencies, improve customer experience and ensure rapid time to market in the digital age. Only Hitachi Data Systems powers the digital enterprise by integrating the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies. We combine this experience with Hitachi expertise in the internet of things to deliver the exceptional insights business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at http://www.hds.com/anz/.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totaled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.7 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com

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Email: natasha.david@hds.com

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