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Changing of the guards: Huawei NZ appoints new CEO

Huawei New Zealand is replacing its CEO, Jason Wu, after three years in the position.

Wu took up the chief executive role in 2014 and Yanek Fan will officially replace him in August after a month-long handover process.

Wu will stay with the company, taking up governance role where he will oversee Huawei’s European operations

Fan has been with Huawei for 11 years. He spent three years as deputy CEO and director of the Carrier Network Business sector of Huawei Czech Republic.

Prior to that, Fan led the Huawei key account team dedicated to Play P4, a Polish telecommunications operator. He has also held other senior roles at Huawei headquarters in China in Sales and Project Management.

“Huawei is well established in the New Zealand market, with strong local customer relationships and there is a lot of potential for growth,” says Fan.

“New Zealanders embrace innovation and there is a clear willingness from the industry and government to invest in future technologies. I am excited by the opportunities here and can’t wait to get started.”

Huawei began its operations in New Zealand in 2005 and counts Spark, 2degrees and Vodafone NZ as partners.

Fan adds, “Huawei’s relationship with all the major telecommunications operators will provide a good platform to grow our Enterprise and Cloud offerings further. I also look forward to working with operators on the expansion of 4.5G technology in New Zealand and the future deployment of the Internet of Things and 5G in the future.”

Wu notes, “while it is sad to be leaving New Zealand, Yanek Fan is very experienced and focused on doing the best for our customers.”

“He is highly motivated to not only grow our business, but also ensure that Huawei continues to keep New Zealand at the cutting edge of technology.”

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