itb-nz logo
Story image

Microsoft NZ bolsters senior leadership team with new specialist sales lead

Microsoft New Zealand has announced the appointment of Sameer Jagga to the role of specialist sales unit leader.

The newly created role further expands the company's leadership team. 
 
The announcement comes shortly after Nigel Parker’s appointment as customer success unit lead and ensures the Customer Success and Specialist units are represented on Microsoft’s senior leadership team, the company says.

Jagga has been at Microsoft for nearly ten years, starting out as a senior consultant tasked to understand customers’ core challenges, before going on to hone his skills as a technology strategist, account executive and then as client CTO for financial services, telco and insurance. 

While he has worked different roles, what has remained consistent is the dedication and enthusiasm he brings to building strong customer relationships, Microsoft says.

“I am delighted and grateful for the opportunity to lead the Specialist Team Unit at Microsoft,” said Jagga.

“As customers in New Zealand accelerate their technology-led transformation, this team, together with the Customer Success Unit, will play a critical role in helping them understand the art-of-the-possible, and how they can make the most of it," he adds.

“Over the years I have witnessed the tremendous impact technology can have on enabling people and businesses to be more innovative and productive, create jobs, and foster growth," Jagga says.

"As a business we are gaining even more momentum and I can’t wait to see what opportunities we can bring to our customers and help drive the digital future of New Zealand," he explains.

Vanessa Sorenson, managing director at Microsoft New Zealand, said the role will see Microsoft provide a more holistic end-to-end customer sales experience at a crucial time.

“The recent reorganisation of our senior leadership team pivots the business to be better geared to deliver what our customers need when they need it," says Sorenson. 

"And, with Overseas Investment Office approval for Microsoft to create a datacenter region in New Zealand, we need to be there for customers more than ever," she says. 
Microsoft announced plans back in May to establish its first datacenter region in New Zealand.

The New Zealand datacenter region will be the latest addition to Microsoft’s global datacenter footprint, which totals more than any other cloud provider at 60 regions announced, with Microsoft Azure available in over 140 countries around the world. 

Sorenson says she was "delighted" to have someone of Sameer’s calibre in this core role for Microsoft New Zealand.

 “This announcement rounds out our senior leadership team nicely," she says. 

"We now have an incredibly talented group leading Microsoft New Zealand and I can’t wait to see the results and the inspirational leadership they will bring.”