TANDEM has appointed Larry Kessler as vice-president and managing director of the Asia-Pacific division, responsible for all sales, marketing, and support activities associated with Tandem's subsidiaries and distributors in Australia, New Zealand and 10 countries in Asia. Mr Kessler, who previously was vice-president of worldwide sales operations and business development for Tandem, has 23 years of experience in the computing industry. Before joining Tandem in 1988, he spent 18 years in financial positions at IBM. APPLE Computer International Ltd has strengthened its Far East marketing with the appointments of Rick Myers as product manager for system software, Doug Nelson as market development manager, and Jeanne Lim as product manager for retail products. Mr Myers assumes responsibility for all system software promotion and marketing activities in the region, and for system software product marketing management. Previously, Mr Myers was managing director of Pacifitech Corp, a localisation and technical translation company based in Japan. Mr Nelson will target markets such as publishing, multimedia, mobile computing, database solutions and spreadsheet applications. Mr Nelson, who graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies, was previously the product manager for retail products with Apple Far East. Ms Jeanne Lim replaces Mr Nelson. She will assume marketing responsibility for Apple's notebook computer products, including the PowerBook Duo models, and for all of Apple's printer products. She will also assume responsibility for retail channel support throughout the region. She was previously a business analyst with Apple Far East's operations department. GUPTA Corporation has announced it has established an Asia-Pacific operation to be based in Hongkong, which will oversee the company's distribution and value-added re-seller partners throughout the region. GUPTA Corporation also has appointed George Billman as managing director of its Asia-Pacific operation. Mr Billman assumes responsibility for development of GUPTA's business in the region. GUPTA's Asia-Pacific operation oversees country markets in north Asia, Southeast Asia, the Indian sub-continent, Australia and New Zealand. Mr Billman has extensive business development experience in the region, having worked as director of business development for Stratus Computer's Far East region; he also established Informix Software's North Asia operation. SMS Data Systems Ltd has announced its sales and support management team. Ringo Lam becomes sales manager, with special responsibility for the banking and financial markets. Mr Lam has more than six years' experience in programming/systems analysis and later in sales. Vincent Tsui has been appointed sales manager for the SMS manufacturing, trading and retailing industries. Mr Tsui has more than five years' experience in the Hongkong computer market. Prior to joining SMS Data Systems, Mr Tsui was with IBM specialist, CSSL, where he was responsible for selling AS/400 and applications software solutions in the distribution and manufacturing sectors. Ronnie Bhat, as technical support specialist, will head up the SMS support operations. He has a wealth of experience, having worked as a consultant in North America, Africa and Asia. Following a period of consultancy work in China, Mr Bhat came to Hongkong to take up an assignment with Javy's Casio, a leading wholesale and retail distributor, where he upgraded the company computer system from IBM Systems 36 to AS/400, migrating the applications software in AS/400 native mode. SMARTONE Mobile Communications Ltd has appointed Bonny Lo as public relations and advertising manager, responsible for developing and co-ordinating corporate and promotional strategies. Ms Lo has more than 13 years' experience in media relations and advertising planning in a number of leading agencies, and has worked with a variety of local and international clients. Prior to joining SmarTone, Ms Lo spent four years with Lintas Hongkong Ltd as media manager. SUN Microsystems has announced the formation of SunService Inc, a new company devoted to providing systems and network support, education and value-added services to end-users of Sun products. Larry Hambly has been named president. Mr Hambly was previously vice-president of marketing at Sun Microsystems Computer Corporation. His responsibilities will include managing a company that fields 550,000 calls a year at its 24 solution centres worldwide, services an installed base of more than 800,000 systems in 125 countries, and works with over 250 service partners and more than 2,000 service resellers.