Thursday, October 28, 2010
IFS expands into Western Australia with Two Senior Appointments
IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today announced the appointment of Rob McCarthy as General Manager and Kevin West as Solution Architect in Western Australia. The appointments coincide with IFS opening an office in Subiaco, Perth.
McCarthy is tasked with developing and implementing a new sales strategy in Western Australia, focusing on specific industry sectors such as mining, oil and gas and construction. West will provide sales support and technical expertise regarding the implementation of IFS Applications.
IFS has a strong customer base in Australia and New Zealand in the manufacturing, asset management, aviation and defence markets. Last month, Babcock was the latest to sign IFS up to support its Australian operation.
Prior to IFS, McCarthy was a Project Manager for Courtland Business Solutions, a SAP reseller which was acquired by ASG earlier this year. For the past 16 years Robert has worked in sales, pre-sales and project management roles for various companies providing business applications in Ireland, the UK and Australia.
“The wealth of knowledge IFS offers in the development and implementation of project based business applications is impressive. I’m looking forward to driving a new sales strategy for IFS in Western Australia and demonstrating that there is a real alternative to large, expensive and restrictive IT systems,” said Rob McCarthy, General Manager, IFS.
West joins IFS from Evolution Future Solutions where he was Practice Manager for SAP Business One in Western Australia. Kevin has over 12 years experience working as an ERP consultant and has been involved in many large and complex implementations, across all management levels. He has a particularly strong technical background with experience in SAP, Epicor, Oracle and Microsoft ERP solutions.
“As companies look to drive down their costs and improve efficiencies across their organisations, the role of their business processes and supporting IT systems becomes increasingly important. IFS Applications are simple and intuitive to use and offer far more flexibility via their component based structure. This is an exciting time for IFS and I’m pleased to be joining such a dynamic team,” said Kevin West, Solution Architect, IFS.
Both appointments are part of IFS’ corporate strategy to further its investment in the Asia Pacific region. IFS customers in Australia and New Zealand include Visy, AB Equipment, Babcock, Dairy Australia, Lufthansa Technik Qantas, Uhde Shedden, Hawker Pacific, Execujet and Globus Group.
“We are very pleased to welcome Rob and Kevin to the team to establish a local presence in Western Australia. There is a real opportunity for IFS to grow its customer base in the region, particularly with those companies that have asset intensive operations and in particular a project centric focus. The knowledge and experience that Rob and Kevin bring to the table is going to prove invaluable, particularly with their indepth networks in the oil and gas, mining, engineering and construction sectors ” said Rob Stummer, Managing Director, IFS, Australia and New Zealand.
IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a fully-integrated, component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology. The company has more than 2,000 customers in more than 50 countries and focuses on seven main industries: aerospace & defense, utilities & telecom, manufacturing, process industries, automotive, retail & wholesale distribution, and construction contracting & service management. IFS has 2,700 employees and net revenue in 2008 was SKr 2.5 billion.