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Schneider Electric eyes growth in Data Centre Solutions and reveals new head of division

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has appointed Mark Deguara as the new General Manager of its Data Centre division.

Mark is no stranger to the digital transformation industry and brings 20 years of experience to the role, having previously held the position of Director of Data Centre Solutions at Vertiv formerly Emerson Network Power with varying technical and commercial roles prior to this.

He replaces Andrew Kirker and will be responsible for Schneider Electric’s data centre infrastructure offering, including cloud and colocation services. Mark will be focussed on developing speed to market strategies, and working with partners to offer insights and end-to-end solutions.

Joe Craparotta, Vice President of IT Business at Schneider Electric, welcomed the appointment, commenting: “We are delighted to have Mark join us in what is an exciting period for Schneider Electric. The data centre market is experiencing accelerated growth within Australia, across the Pacific region and Schneider Electric continues to support this fast moving segment. Mark brings a wealth of technical and commercial knowledge and experience that will help clients achieve speed to market with future-focussed, quality and safe solutions.”

One of the biggest challenges our clients face is not only building resilient and responsive infrastructure to meet the ever-growing data consumption needs of the digital world, but building them with a velocity not seen before. We feel as if we have only begun to scratch the surface of what is possible in Australia and look forward to having Mark work with our customers to bring a total solution offering to market that encompasses the critical infrastructure and underlying technology from across the business.”

On his appointment and vision for the role, Mark added: “I feel like my career has come full circle in a way. I started out in sales engineering with Clipsal, a Schneider Electric subsidiary, over 25 years ago. I'm looking forward to re-joining the fold and working with clients and engineering teams to bring cutting edge solutions to market.”

“In the short-term it’s all about getting to know the business and our clients’ needs, but in the long term it’s about developing solutions that don’t yet exist, developing new partnerships and solutions that support the long-term digital demands of Australian businesses,” he said.

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