Datacom, one of Australasia’s leading professional IT services companies, today announces the appointment of Jonathan Usher in the newly created position of Managing Director, Datacom Solutions.

Datacom Group CEO Jonathan Ladd says, “We’re delighted to appoint Jonathan to our senior executive team. Jonathan will lead a new division that is focused on developing and taking to market solutions for key vertical industries and functional areas, built on Datacom’s own IP as well as drawing on capabilities from third party partnerships.  Jonathan brings to us a wealth of global technology product, domain and marketing knowledge and will add significantly to our overall team bench strength.”

Jonathan Usher says “Joining Datacom in this role is an exciting opportunity to help advance key industries and markets via the creation and delivery of next generation solutions from Datacom and our partners.  With Datacom’s extensive geographic base across Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and the Philippines, and with our market leading  software capabilities, we are uniquely positioned  to support our customers to best achieve their business goals.”

Jonathan Usher worked for Telecom New Zealand before moving to Microsoft in its global US-based headquarters in 1996 as the company’s first telecom industry marketing manager, focusing on developing the company’s early strategic business and key initiatives in the telecommunications industry worldwide.

In 2000 Jonathan moved to Microsoft’s Windows Digital Media Division and headed up the division’s global marketing organization, leading product and industry marketing and product management of all of Microsoft’s technologies and products for audio and video entertainment as well as industry initiatives and global partnerships spanning consumer electronics, digital imaging, media/entertainment, and enterprise digital media.

Jonathan returned to New Zealand in 2005 and continued in global roles for Microsoft’s HQ, most recently focused on TV and video entertainment partnerships worldwide on Xbox 360 and Microsoft Mediaroom.

Jonathan is Wellington, NZ based where he lives with his family.