Former HPE executive, Kaaren Lewis, trades consultancy for Canon Australia
Kaaren Lewis - Business Services general manager of sales, Canon Australia
Canon Australia has named Kaaren Lewis as its new Business Services general manager of sales. The role covers all the business segments of Canon Australia, from traditional print products and solutions through to production print, network security, cloud services, and the broader portfolio of Harbour IT and Converga.
"We really want to now leverage these acquisitions and that is going to be one of the key drivers going forward. We want to look beyond the traditional, siloed parts of each one of those businesses. That then enables customers and businesses to have a broad partner and platform for the future," Lewis told ARN.
Lewis took on the role in January after working on her consultancy, Lewis Furneaux Consulting, for less than a year.
She told ARN the businesses acquired during her run at Lewis Furneaux Consulting have been handed over to another consulting company to ensure continuity of services.
"Towards the end of last year, I started winding down some of those opportunities but I made sure they are being looked after. I will look at whether we keep the naming there as part of the portfolio or if we wind it up.
"It was fabulous being able to help businesses from a consultancy perspective, but leveraging the background I had, I was missing being in a large, corporate environment," she mentioned.
Previously, Lewis served as A/NZ channel, SMB and alliances director at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for more than two years, before resigning to launch her own channel consultancy.
Canon Australia said Lewis was hired for her strong background across software, hardware and services in both vendor and the channel community within the trans-Tasman region.
Canon Business Services director, Gavin Gomes, said LewisĄŻ 20-plus years of sales and business management experience, skills and relationships within the ICT industry will benefit her in her role at the vendor.