Brocade Appoints Johnson Chiu to Lead Channel Strategy in Asia Pacific

New Delhi, INDIA – 22 January 2013:  As part of a global strategy to focus on growing revenues through the channel, and building on a strong and established channel business in the region  Brocade® (NASDAQ: BRCD) today appointed Johnson Chiu to the role of Channel director, Asia Pacific (APAC). The role will see Mr. Chiu spearhead partner enablement strategies and programs designed to grow Brocade IP networking revenues through channel partners across key industry segments in APAC.

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According to research firm Canalys, the data center infrastructure market will be worth $152 billion by 2016, with Asia Pacific accounting for a quarter of global data center investment in five years –representing a significant opportunity for Brocade channel partners through innovative technology and financing solutions such as Brocade Ethernet fabric technology and Brocade Network Subscription respectively.

Mr. Chiu will be responsible for driving Brocade channel with distributors, resellers and strategy systems integrators across the region, and driving initiatives that are unique to partners in the region, to help them develop new skills and address major technology trends such as mobility, big data analytics and software-defined networking (SDN).

Mr. Chiu is based in Singapore, and reports directly to Brocade’s vice president for APAC, Charlie Foo. “Johnson is a foremost IT channel talent in APAC, and it is our pleasure to welcome him to the Brocade regional leadership team,” said Foo. “Johnson’s appointment is both a strategic and timely one as we continue to chart new growth across the region in tandem with the expected increase in worldwide IT spending in 2013. Johnson will play an instrumental role in furthering Brocade’s partner business success in APAC.”

An industry veteran with 27 years of channel leadership experience, Chiu was most recently with NetApp where he led the Channel, Alliance and Marketing organization in the Greater China region. He has also held channel leadership roles at Digital Equipment, Oracle, Symantec and Brocade.

“I am excited to rejoin Brocade at this important juncture to lead its partner business in APAC,” said Chiu. “It is vital that the channels have the required capability and agility to move swiftly and adapt to technological changes, and I am looking forward to bolstering our channel partner enablement so as to deliver transformative networking innovations to our regional customers quickly.”

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