Hitachi Solutions Refines Vertical Industry Focus with Microsoft Global Dynamics Product Management Veteran Salim Faroukh

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Microsoft Veteran Salim Faroukh joins Microsoft Gold Partner Hitachi Solutions as Managing Director

Salim Faroukh will bring increased industry focus to our Global Dynamics Team. Industry focus is essential to our overall strategy and is the key to our ability to efficiently solve problems for our customers

Hitachi Solutions, a leading provider of Microsoft Dynamics Global solutions and services is deepening its commitment to vertical industry solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics. As part of its vertical industry strategy, Hitachi Solutions has added Salim Faroukh, a Microsoft Dynamics Global Product Manager to its global team.

“Salim Faroukh will bring increased industry focus to our Global Dynamics Team. Industry focus is essential to our overall strategy and is the key to our ability to efficiently solve problems for our customers,” said Mike Gillis, Chief Operations Officer, Business Solutions Division, Hitachi Solutions. He then added “we are very fortunate to add a recognized Dynamics industry expert and great talent like Salim to our team. I could not be more pleased and look forward to Salim’s contributions.” Prior to joining Hitachi Solutions, Mr. Faroukh spent the last eight years working in the Microsoft Dynamics Division for Microsoft in a variety of capacities and roles from sales to product management and marketing to industry lead. Mr. Faroukh was responsible for managing and building the service industries strategy within the Microsoft Dynamics division. He has experience with the industry builder initiative for Dynamics AX and has led the Service Industries [professional services, architecture, engineering, construction, media, and entertainment] strategy and product management division. Most recently, Mr. Faroukh held the role of Senior Solution Architect for Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS). As Senior Solutions Architect, Mr. Faroukh helped leading customers to implement business solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

“I am excited to join Hitachi Solutions and be part of this unique endeavor. My focus is to redefine our strategy on how we serve our customers around industries and our product offerings. We will begin our industry focus with construction, engineering services, oil and gas, energy services, industrial equipment, medical devices, and professional services. This strategy will give our clients the ability to be agile, flexible and scale as their business grows, while delivering those capabilities in a fast and reliable way. Their solutions reach across different technology mediums and can be delivered on-premise or through the cloud for a very attractive value. This is enabled by the business application of the future from Microsoft Dynamics,” said Mr. Faroukh.

About Hitachi Solutions
Hitachi Solutions is a recognized leader in providing industry solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Hitachi Solutions provides its customers with industry focus, software industry domain expertise, and proven tier-1 people. Hitachi Solutions works with its customers to understand their unique formula for success and develops solutions that improve their business and attain measurable results. Hitachi Solutions was recognized as the 2011 CRM Global Partner of the Year and has also been recognized as Microsoft Dynamics Global Partner of the Year for Dynamics AX. For more information, call 949.242.1300 or visit http://www.hitachisolutions-us.com

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen ($112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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