Hitachi Data Systems Focuses on Government With Appointment of New Government Sales Director, Australia and New Zealand

Industry Veteran Tony Whigham Spearheads Digital Transformation and Social Innovation Opportunities in Canberra

Canberra — February 2, 2017 — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), today announced the appointment of Tony Whigham as Government Sales Director, Australia and New Zealand. Based in Canberra, he is tasked with growing the business in strategic federal and state government accounts and developing new areas of collaboration with Hitachi Social Innovation solutions.

He joins HDS from Aruba Networks, owned by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), where he has been in the role of director-Federal Government. Whigham has been active in the IT market in Canberra for over 25 years. In that time he has held senior leadership positions in companies such as Dimension Data, Teradata, and Optus.

Nathan McGregor, vice president and general manager, Australia New Zealand, Hitachi Data Systems, said: “Government agencies face unique challenges and opportunities around digital transformation. Tony brings a wealth of relevant experience to the role to guide departments through the digital transition process, with the aim to deliver even better services to citizens. He is also passionate about educating the market on the possibilities for enhanced public safety, innovation and collaboration that arise from the internet of things (IoT).”

Tony Whigham added: “In Australia and New Zealand, government agencies have been quick to realise the benefits of delivering services digitally. But with some of the region’s largest data centres and IT legacy systems, the public sector also faces unique challenges due to the size and complexity of digital transformation projects. I’m thrilled to join Hitachi Data Systems to support CIOs on their journey with a data centric strategy and solutions set, and also leverage the synergies with Hitachi, Ltd, one of the largest and most ethical technology companies in the world.”

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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 ($88.8 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.

Company Contact:
Isabel Wagner
+61 2 9325 3319
Isabel.wagner@hds.com

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