IBM has found a replacement for Katrina Troughton, appointing a sales specialist, Jennifer Moxon, to lead the company's New Zealand operations.
Moxon is currently director of the distribution and industrial sector for IBM Australia and New Zealand. Her appointment is effective from 1 April 2009.
Moxon says she is "intensely client focused" and that can be translated in terms of sales strength. She says she has worked across several industry groups in the past and has experience in a range of sectors.
Moxon, who describes her style as "collaborative", has been with IBM since 1983, holding senior roles in both Australia and New Zealand. These include government manager for IBM New Zealand, South Island manager, and client director for IBM in the Australian telecommunications industry.
Troughton took up a new role last month as director of WebSphere in IBM's software group growth markets unit, based in Shanghai.
"There's no question we are facing an economic slowdown," Moxon says. "That's a challenge but also, I believe, a significant opportunity for IBM to pull ahead of the competition."
She says the slowdown is creating different conversations with customers.
"They are seeking fundamental changes to improve their effectiveness and efficiency," she says.
Moxon was born in the United Kingdom but grew up in Christchurch. She is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington with degrees in Business and Psychology. She will be based in Wellington.