Angela Fox will be at the helm of Dell Australia and New Zealand from July 7. Photo: Supplied
Joe Kremer, the long-serving managing director of Dell Australia New Zealand, is leaving the company at the end of July to pursue other interests.
In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Dell said Mr Kremer would be replaced by Angela Fox, who he hired in 2007. Ms Fox will be transferring back from Singapore where she last served as vice-president and general manager of the company’s Services Business division for the Asia Pacific and Japan.
US-born Mr Kremer joined Dell in 2003 and managed the company’s ANZ operations from Sydney since 2005. He later added south-east Asia to his responsibilities.
He had previously said he felt lucky to be able to do a regional role while based in the city he chose to call home. He and his family became Australian citizens last year.
In a media call on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Kremer said the time was right for him to leave the company to spend more time with his family.
“The amount of days away, it just felt like the right time. Partly because Angela was available and she is so good, and partly because it was the right time for me,” he told IT Pro.
Dell’s statement said Mr Kremer would be pursuing philanthropic opportunities, but Mr Kremer said he was in the early stages of exploring those options and it was too early to comment.
New Zealand-born Ms Fox has 24 years of IT experience. She worked for IBM’s server division before joining Dell in 2007.
As vice-president and general manager of Dell Australia and New Zealand, Ms Fox joins a growing list of female leaders of big technology companies in Australia, which include Twitter’s Karen Stocks, Google’s Maile Carnegie, Microsoft’s Pip Marlow.
Ms Fox said she was pleased to join that growing group.
''I’m a great advocate for diversity and inclusion – it’s a personal passion. For me it’s about creating an environment where diversity of views is valued.''
She said in markets where women were still a minority in leadership, there were opportunities to effect change.
Mr Fox will assume the role on July 7, while Mr Kremer will leave at the end of July.
She said she would focus on ''our customers and our people'' while continuing to grow the software and solutions part of the business, as well as maintaining momentum in other areas.
Phil Hassey, chief executive of analyst firm CapioIT, said Mr Kremer's near 10-year tenure was a success but the company's recent change back to private ownership meant challenges in executing a new global cloud-driven strategy, where PCs were no longer the benchmark.
"With Angela Fox's background in services, we may see this come to the surface more explicitly," he said.