Symatec Daniel Schneersohn, a well-known face in the Hong Kong information security industry, has rejoined Symantec after a three-year break. In his new position as director of strategic partnerships for Asia Pacific, Mr Schneersohn will be responsible for strategic development and management of Symantec's Enterprise Channel Sales initiative. Mr Schneersohn was Symantec's senior regional director for North Asia between 1995 and 2000. He left the company to head Innaworks, a Hong Kong-based developer of Java-based, application-development tools for mobile phones and hand-held devices. Innaworks folded in late 2001, saying the market was not then ready for location-based mobile data services. Mr Schneersohn will report to Garry Sexton, Asia Pacific vice-president for Symantec. NetDimensions Corporate training software developer NetDimensions has appointed Ian Robertson as chief operating officer. Mr Robertson has been a member of the NetDimensions board since the company was set up in 1999. He previously worked at Asian construction industry management consultancy Robertson Sean Kristian. Over the years he has also worked with the governments of New Zealand and Hong Kong, as well as with Hutchison Whampoa and Gammon Construction. Mr Robertson is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and graduated in civil engineering at the University of Auckland. Sony Mr Susumu 'Steve' Kitadai, division managing director of Sony's local marketing operation, has left Hong Kong to take up a new position with the firm in Japan. Mr Kitadi was a familiar face, being a spokesman for the company's products ranging from its Vaio laptops, and Memory Stick storage to MiniDisk players and Clie Personal Digital Assistants. Mr Kitadi has moved to the advertising division of Sony Marketing Japan and will be based in Tokyo. Mr Kitadi will be replaced by Mr Kunihiko Kawakita. Brocade Storage area networking provider Brocade Communications Systems has promoted Alvin Kho (right) as the technical services director for its Asia-Pacific operations. Mr Kho will be responsible for the company's overall technical services infrastructure and the Brocade Qualified Support Partner Program in the region. He will be in charge of Brocade's technical services team with services firms in the region. He will also manage Brocade's SAN training, certification and development programs in the region. Before joining Brocade, Mr Kho was director of technology at software developer vLink Global. He has also held management positions in technological development and training, at companies including Microsoft. Wavecom Wireless telecommunications developer Wavecom has seen a shake-up in senior management. The board has decided to separate the roles of chairman and chief executive. The Paris-based company has confirmed Michel Alard as chairman, and Aram Hkimian as sole chief executive officer. The shake-up will also see a new division to manage operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Wavecom EMEA will be based in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, and headed by Pierre Piver, who has been appointed group vice-president Europe, Middle East and Africa region. The company has hired Microsoft France's human resources director, Etienne Menut. At Wavecom, Mr Menut will be group vice-president human resources. Vincent Mouret, formerly vice-president and managing director of Alcatel's Wireless Business division, will be Wavecom's group vice-president research and development. Jean-Charles Andreani, managing director of Wavecom Asia Pacific, Wavecom's Hong Kong-based subsidiary, is leaving the company 'to focus on personal business interests'. Operations across the region will now be overseen by Mr Hkimian until a replacement for Mr Andreani has been appointed. WebMethods Enterprise integration software developer WebMethods has announced a number of new movements in its Asia Pacific operations. Nicholas Tang (right), who previously worked as WebMethods director of financial services and channels director, has been promoted as the company's new general manager for Hong Kong and Taiwan. Before joining WebMethods, MR Tang held various positions with IBM in Southeast Asia. He holds a degree in economics and international finance from Simon Fraser University, Canada. Michiel Verhoeven, who was previously regional director, communications industry for webMethods, has been moved up to become general manager for Southeast Asia. Based in Singapore, Mr Verhoeven will oversee the company's activities in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. He previously worked with Booz Allen & Hamilton, KPMG Consulting and Papeteries de Clairefontaine. He received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in accountancy from The Haagse Hogeschool, The Netherlands. Eric Choi, the former president and chief executive officer of SAP Korea, has been hired as president of WebMethods South Korea. Mr Choi, who will be based in Seoul, has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. As president and chief executive of SAP Korea, Mr Choi was credited with increasing market share and customer satisfaction by implementing customer centric operations in Korea. In 2000, when Mr Choi was SAP Korea's managing director, the company reported revenue growth of 178 per cent, to approximately US$48 million. Before joining SAP, Mr Choi spent two years as senior director for Applications and Consulting Services Oracle Korea, and seven years at KPMG Consulting in New York as managing director. Mr Choi graduated in engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA.