Sharp Appoints New Australian B2B Sales & Marketing Manager
Sharp Australia has announced its appointed “industry veteran”, Mr Daniel Gard, as its new National Sales and Marketing Manager for B2B Office and Visual Solutions. Commencing May 2018, Mr Gard will replace Greg Wallis, who retired in April this year.
Mr Gard is tasked with managing the B2B division’s profitability, and directing strategic growth.
He will report directly to Sharp Australia Managing Director Hitoshi Kagawa.Gard joined Sharp in 2016 as its B2B Business Manager (Business Solutions Group), before being promoted to Head of Marketing and Product Strategy (B2B).
With over thirty years experience, Sharp asserts Gard’s knowledge and expertise will be “invaluable” for increasing profitability, and taking the Japanese company to “new levels of growth”.
With several leadership roles under his belt, Mr Gard has experience driving sales and marketing team across the IT industry – e.g. NEC, Sony, HP, Konica Minolta, Lexmark, Ricoh and Fuji Xerox.
Hitoshi Kagawa, Sharp Australia Managing Director, affirms Gard has “greatly contributed” to many company accomplishments in the past few years.
Since Gard’s commencement, Kagawa asserts Sharp’s B2B division has post year on year growth:
“He has made a huge difference through his leadership. The years prior to Gard joining Sharp, there was a decline in the business but since he joined the B2B Group, there has been a year on year growth”
“Sharp’s market share in the B2B segment is now showing a consistent increase and the brand is in a strong position for continual growth.”
Mr Gard affirms he’s committed to enhancing Sharp’s brand, while “developing sales” and “executing growth within the industry”.
“I want to thank Greg for his service at Sharp,” Gard adds.
“Greg’s extensive experience, leadership and strategic vision was recognised by all and lead Sharp’s business to great success.”
Sharp Australia [i.e. Sharp Corporation of Australia] is a subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation, and is global manufacturer of “home appliances, multi-functional office solutions, and professional and commercial visual displays”.
The company has recently been honoured as Thomas Reuters’ inaugural Top 100 Global Technology Leader in 2018, which seeks to recognise the most “operationally sound” and “financially secure” tech companies.