Freeman shares around top jobs at esolutions

Jane Freeman has shared around the top jobs at esolutions, with Telecom, EDS and Microsoft all represented on the e-commerce joint venture's senior management team.

Jane Freeman has shared around the top jobs at esolutions, with Telecom, EDS and Microsoft all represented on the e-commerce joint venture's senior management team.

She has also confirmed the date for the esolutions launch - February 23.

Freeman, who was appointed as general manager late last year, has made the following appointments: marketing manager, Graeme Rowe (Telecom); delivery manager, Susan van Horn (Microsoft); custom solutions manager, Nigel Cowan (EDS); brand manager, Sue McCarty (Telecom); strategy manager, Alec Skeet (EDS); acting commercial manager, Mark Loveard (Telecom).

The management team appointments follow the announcements last week of three esolutions executives; Helen Meehan representing Telecom, Robin Thornton representing EDS, and Paul Muckleston representing Microsoft.

Freeman said the management team had been chosen both for their personal skills and attributes as well as their "team fit" and their strong desire to make the esolutions alliance a success.

The best-known of the new managers in the Internet industry is Rowe, who, as part of the Telecom Services group from which Theresa Gattung ascended to the post of CEO, has been involved a number of key Telecom projects in the past five years. He oversaw the development of Telecom's ATM capability; then helped restructure Telecom's data services to meet the needs of the burgeoning Internet industry in 1996 - averting a potential showdown with disgruntled ISPs.

In 1998, he played a major role in the revitalising of Telecom's international IP services, regaining business lost to Telstra and Clear. Since that time he has been in charge of "future technologies". The esolutions job sees him retain a marketing role but move away from his longtime focus on networks.

The appointments represent Freeman's work since her own recruitment on an organisational model for the alliance of the three strong companies.

"We are lucky to have a good representation from all three companies in the esolutions management team," she said. "I am thrilled with the calibre of the applicants.

"In the coming weeks, I look forward to working with the team as we move towards our official launch of the esolutions brand in Auckland on February 23, where we will outline our capabilities. The launch will feature a high-powered line up of speakers who are sure to inspire the attending business leaders.

"This will be followed by a road show around New Zealand where the esolutions team will be highlighting to New Zealand businesses the exciting opportunities the online world has to offer."

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