Oki hires industry veteran

Oki Data Australia has hired Jim Walsh as business development manager for the company’s wide format range, with the experienced industry personality having previously worked for Fuji Xerox, Epson, and Océ.


Based in Sydney, Walsh joins Oki after a quarter of a century of sales and marketing experience in IT. He will be responsible for all channels, sales and go to market strategies for its wide format print business.


Walsh is well travelled in the industry, and was previously wide format specialist at Fuji Xerox, responsible for new business development, go to market strategy, and product specialist for the graphic communication and agent teams.


He was employed at Epson Australia in the role of channel manager and business development manager for the company’s range of business inkjet and wide format AEC printer solutions.


Walsh also worked at Océ Australia for a total of eleven years in a variety of senior sales roles where he was responsible for major accounts as well as for print for pay and reprographic business.  He has previously worked for a range of IT vendor and service organisations, including Sophos, PowerServe, Eclipse Group and BTA Australia.


Alex Kawamura, ANZ managing director, Oki, says, “We are excited to welcome Jim Walsh to the Oki family.


“His extensive skills and experience gained in the wide format market will be of immense value to our channel partners as they set out to support successful customer outcomes in this market. Our channel partners, prospects, customers, as well as Oki, will benefit from his insight and knowledge. Our investment in a dedicated resource for business development in the wide format market clearly demonstrates our commitment and desire to grow in this market.”


In the wide format space, Oki says its graphics printers are well suited for both indoor and outdoor applications including banners, backlit, fleet and vehicle graphics as well as wallpaper, pop displays, canvas, floor and exhibition graphics.


The company’s ColorPainter M-64s printer has been awarded the Outstanding Enhanced CMYK Eco-solvent/Latex 54”/64” Printer Pick Award by Keypoint Intelligence’s Buyers Lab (BLI).


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