HDS CEO Jack Domme Becomes Hitachi Ltd.'s First Non-Japanese Corporate Officer

Also getting promoted this week is Michael Cremen, HDS' new executive vice president of global sales. He previously held the position of senior vice president of global markets.

Cremen's responsibilities also include part of those previously handled by Randy DeMont, a 12-year HDS executive who is in the process of retiring as executive vice president of global sales, services and support.

However, HDS' global services and support business will remain under Hicham Abdessamad, the company's senior vice president of global services.

Also getting a promotion was Kevin Eggleston, who is now serving as HDS' senior vice president of global verticals and integration. Eggleston previously served as HDS' senior vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific. Stepping up to Eggleston's previous position is Neville Vincent, the company's former vice president and managing director of HDS Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and the managing director of Hitachi Data Systems Korea.

Dave Cerniglia, president of Consiliant Technologies, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider and longtime HDS partner, said he expects the impact of Domme's involvement with Hitachi's corporate office to have more of an impact on Hitachi overall than on its U.S. storage and converged infrastructure business.

"Hitachi has had great leaders and has been demonstrating its technology prowess," Cerniglia said. "They're continuing to grab market share."

HDS has done a great job of empowering executives at the district level to work with channel partners and been a great help to Consiliant, Cerniglia said.

"If we have a concern or a problem, there are avenues to work with them," he said. "And that makes us loyal to them."


This story was updated on April 12, 2013, at 4:45 p.m. PST to clarify Michael Cremen's role as HDS' new executive vice president of global sales.

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