Hitachi Solutions America Hires Microsoft Transformation Leader to Unify Global Strategy and Accelerate Customer Success using Industry Cloud Solutions

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Michael Strand to become Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing Operations of Hitachi Solutions after 24 successful years at Microsoft

Michael Strand

I joined Hitachi Solutions because I share the company’s strategic vision of how cloud computing can and will transform the Microsoft Dynamics business.

Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd., a leading provider of global industry solutions based on the Microsoft Cloud, is pleased to announce that former Microsoft executive Michael Strand joined Hitachi Solutions America as Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing Operations on December 7, 2015.

“I joined Hitachi Solutions because I share the company’s strategic vision of how cloud computing can and will transform the Microsoft Dynamics business. In my executive role at Microsoft, I have worked closely with Hitachi Solutions since 2004 and have long-admired their tremendous commitment to customer success," said Michael Strand, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing Operations, Hitachi Solutions America.

“With Hitachi Solutions’ recent acquisition of Ignify Inc. – a team I’ve also had the pleasure of working with for many years – we are well on our way to becoming the top global Microsoft Dynamics partner. My job now is to help unify Hitachi Solutions’ global footprint to give our customers seamless, integrated cloud solutions specific to their unique industries.”

Strand joins Hitachi Solutions Group from Microsoft, where he spent 24 years in channel and enterprise sales roles. Strand originally joined Microsoft Business Solutions in 2004, tasked with building and managing the first enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) enterprise sales organization for the organization’s United States (US) subsidiary. He then led the Microsoft Business Solutions organization for the US Western region, responsible for channel, marketing, sales and presales across commercial customer segments.

Strand transitions to Hitachi Solutions Group following three years as Microsoft Business Solutions General Manager, running the Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM business across Asia Pacific. In two out of three years in this role, Strand led the Asia Pacific subsidiary to become Microsoft’s top multi-sub area globally for success in Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM sales and customer additions.

Strand also brings a wealth of experience working directly with Sandeep Walia, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Ignify Inc., and his team since 2004. Strand partnered with Ignify in his previous role with Microsoft Business Solutions looking after the US Western region and in his more recent role in Asia Pacific.

“Both Hitachi Solutions America and Ignify have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Michael. His experience building and leading high performance sales teams that can support customers across key industries is something I have always found incredibly impressive,” Greg Carter, Executive Vice President, Hitachi Solutions America. “As our organization continues to expand, I look to Michael to help put Hitachi Solutions Group on the map on a truly global scale.”
Strand holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Communications from Washington State University. A Seattle native, Strand has returned from Singapore to his home in Los Angeles. In his spare time, Strand can be found enjoying the Southern California outdoors; he is an avid foodie, home cook, traveler, and is always eager to improve his Bridge game.

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About Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd.

Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. helps its customers to successfully compete with the largest global enterprises using powerful, easy-to-use, and affordable industry solutions built on Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM enhanced with world class Business Analytics, and Portals and Collaboration. Recognized as the Microsoft 2014 CRM Global Partner of the Year and the 2014 Dynamics Global Outstanding Reseller of the Year, Hitachi Solutions America provides global capabilities with regional offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Japan, China, and Asia Pacific. For more information, call + 1 949.242.1300 or visit: http://us.hitachi-solutions.com.

About Hitachi Solutions, Ltd.

Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a core member of Information & Telecommunication Systems Company of Hitachi Group and a recognized leader in delivering proven business and IT strategies and solutions to companies across many industries. The company provides value-driven services throughout the IT life cycle from systems planning to systems integration, operation and maintenance. Hitachi Solutions delivers products and services of superior value to customers worldwide through key subsidiaries in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, China, and Asia Pacific. For more information on Hitachi Solutions, please visit: http://www.hitachi-solutions.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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