Symantec The Internet security provider has hired Janice Chaffin to the newly created position of chief marketing officer. She will be responsible for all Symantec marketing activities worldwide. Ms Chaffin recently left Hewlett-Packard, where she spent 21 years. Her most recent position at HP was vice-president of the company's Enterprise Systems Group enterprise marketing and solutions organisation. Before that, she was vice-president and general manager of the HP solutions organisation. She also spent time as vice-president and general manager of HP's business critical computing business unit, as general manager of the high-performance systems and enterprise systems divisions and as executive director of the channels and partners organisation in the general systems division. Ms Chaffin has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California. ITXC The international voice carrier has appointed two sales directors to head the firm's new offices in Sydney and Tokyo, and a sales director based in Singapore. Ryuichi Suguro has been appointed the country sales manager for Japan. He was previously regional senior data sales manager for Japan and Korea at Sprint International. Before that, he worked at Japan Telecom and International Telecom Japan. He has a degree in international relations from the Faculty of Law at Keio University, Japan. Craig Kesby has been appointed as the regional sales director in Sydney. He was previously manager of Internet protocol development at Optus Communications in Sydney. He is studying for a business degree at the University of Technology in Sydney. Gregg Marshall has been appointed regional director of sales, based in Singapore. He will be responsible for ITXC's carrier sales throughout the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, oversee sales initiatives in India and manage sales personnel in Singapore. Mr Marshall was previously country manager for Lucent Technologies in the Philippines. Before that he worked in sales at AT&T Asia Pacific. He has a degree in philosophy from Yale University and a Masters in Business Management from Stanford University, both in the United States. All three executives will report to Diarmid Massey, ITXC's managing director for the Asia-Pacific regon, based in Sydney. ITXC has also opened sales offices in Hong Kong and India in the past year. The company opened an office in Singapore in 1998 and in the Philippines in 2000. Datacraft Asia The information technology (IT) services company has named Bill Padfield as chief executive designate. Mr Padfield, who is Datacraft's chief operating officer and executive director, will take over from chief executive Ron Cattell in a gradual transition over the next few months. Following the handover, Mr Cattell, who has been with Datacraft for 15 years, will work with the company as a non-executive director and adviser. 'My original intention was to step down some time last year to spend more time with my family in Australia,' Mr Cattell said. 'The past 18 months have been particularly tough for the industry, which is why I held off my departure until the business stabilised. 'My view is that the worst is now over and that, with the actions we have taken over the past year or so, the company is on a stable platform from which it can resume profitable growth.' Mr Padfield, who joined the group in 2001, was appointed chief operating officer in November 2001 and a member of the executive board in October last year. 'My immediate priority is to accelerate our growth in the services business and return the company to sustainable profitability,' he said. 'Having put in place a go-to-market model to align all our skills, mindsets and processes with our service-centred strategy, we are now focused on developing and investing in new service capabilities and infrastructure to expand our service offerings.' Mr Padfield has been in Asia for six years, and has 20 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications industry. He has been based in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. Before he joined Datacraft, he was Equant's senior vice-president and general manager for the Asia-Pacific region and Australasia. Blue Martini Software The sales system developer has appointed Dominic Gallello to its board of directors. Mr Gallello has held senior executive roles at Macromedia, Autodesk and Intergraph. He was most recently executive vice-president, corporate development, and executive vice-president, products, at Macromedia. Before Macromedia, he worked at Autodesk, where he was vice-president, Asia Pacific, and vice-president of the mechanical market group. He later led the design solutions division and was chief executive of the Autodesk spin-off RedSpark. Before Autodesk, Mr Gallello spent 11 years at Intergraph, most recently as president of Intergraph Japan. He established the company's presence in China as director of its Asian operations. Mr Gallello lived in China and Japan for eight years and speaks Japanese. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Monmouth University, in New Jersey. Photon Dynamics The maker of diagnostic equipment for flat-panel display manufacturers has hired Richard Okumoto as its new chief financial officer and secretary. He was appointed last week to replace Richard Dissly, who is retiring. Mr Okumoto has more than 28 years of financial experience in the semiconductor test industry. He was previously vice-president of administration and chief financial officer at the semiconducter equipment manufacturer ESI. He was executive vice-president of the technology financial services firm The Garrett Group from 2001 until last year. He also spent five years as executive vice-president and chief financial officer for Credence Systems. Photon has offices in California, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.