The former head of IBM's PC business in the UK, Steve Rowley, has been appointed as UK MD of networker 3Com. He joins from mobile phone operator Cellnet, where he was marketing director. Rowley will start in his new role at 3Com at the end of this month.
Rowley claimed that networking was becoming pervasive and was even being used in small offices and the home. He previously took Cellnet to its longest period of market leadership in the UK.
His new boss, president of 3Com Europe Franz Fichter, said that 3Com would be adapting its structure and boosting sales into new areas in a bid for the UK arm to reach sales of u1 billion within the next couple of years.
Fichter added that 3Com revenues have grown by 200 per cent in the past two years. He said the signing of Rowley was a coup, because he had experience in both corporate and consumer business.
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