Unisys The multinational information technology services company has named Joseph McGrath its new president and chief executive, with effect from January 1. Mr McGrath, who now serves as Unisys president and chief operating officer, will replace incumbent chairman and chief executive Lawrence Weinbach, who will continue as chairman through 2006. The board of directors at Pennsylvania-based Unisys said this succession plan had been under way for several years. Mr McGrath previously served as corporate executive vice-president and president for enterprise transformation services, where he was responsible for developing, selling and delivering IT systems and services. EMC The data storage systems specialist has hired Ron Goh as its vice-president of partners/alliance and commercial business for Asia-Pacific and Japan. A 20-year sales and marketing veteran of the IT industry, Mr Goh is to drive EMC's business with reseller partners and other distributors in the region, with a focus on sales to small and medium-sized enterprises. He will be based in Hong Kong and report to Steve Fitz, EMC president of Asia-Pacific and Japan operations. Mr Goh most recently served as vice-president and managing director at NEC Computers Asia-Pacific. Novellus Systems The semiconductor manufacturing equipment supplier has hired former Applied Materials executive Fusen Chen as senior vice-president of Asia-Pacific operations. Mr Chen is to oversee all of Novellus' offices in the region, including sites in the mainland, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and markets across Southeast Asia. He will be responsible for driving sales, marketing and customer support. He joins Novellus after 10 years at Applied Materials, the world's largest chip manufacturing equipment vendor, where he most recently served as group vice-president and general manager of its copper physical vapour deposition and interconnect product business group. Before that, Mr Chen worked at LSI Logic and SGS-Thomson Microelectronics. He holds more than 60 United States patents. Advanced Micro Device The semiconductor maker known widely as AMD has appointed RadioShack president and chief operating officer David Edmondson to its board of directors. As a leader at the United States' largest consumer electronics retailer, Mr Edmondson is expected to advise AMD on strategic consumer market trends. He joined RadioShack in 1994 as vice-president of marketing. He was promoted to his present position in December 2000. Before that, he served for 12 years in a variety of sales and marketing roles for US direct-marketing company Advo. Blinkx Former Yahoo! Europe managing director Mark Opzoomer has joined the privately held internet search technology firm as its chief executive. Mr Opzoomer's main responsibility is to expand the international operations of blinkx, which has dual headquarters in San Francisco and London. The company offers a free-to-download search tool ( www.blinkx.com ) that eliminates the need for keywords or complex search methods. Mr Opzoomer has more than 20 years of experience in business and finance. From July 2001 until December last year, he served as Yahoo! Europe managing director and regional vice-president. Before that, he was deputy chief executive at Hodder Headline, a London stock exchange-listed international publishing company. He has also served in various positions in Britain's Virgin Group.