Chris BarnardVice President, European Telecommunications and Networking
Chris Barnard is vice president, European Telecommunications and Networking, at IDC. He is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and is responsible for region-wide, enterprise-focused research as well as country-specific telecoms research in the Nordics, Benelux, France, Spain, and Italy.With a personal research focus on enterprise transformation and the interaction with infrastructure and life-cycle services (consulting/integration, managed services, maintenance), Chris is the author of numerous white papers and trade press articles on professional services, convergence, unified communications, ebusiness, infrastructure, and networking strategies. He is widely quoted in the international technology and business press. In 2010, Chris was named telecoms analyst of the year by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR). He is frequently asked to speak at international industry conferences, customer events, and road shows.Chris joined IDC in 2000. He previously worked for three years at Montreal-based software company Essentus as special projects manager and customer support manager (Europe). Before joining this supply chain management vendor, he was employed by Fast Lane, an Oracle consultancy in the Netherlands. Barnard, who holds a master's degree (cum laude) in social sciences from Stellenbosch University, also has six years' experience as a journalist and editor at various publications.
Sean CollinsRegional Director UK, Ireland and BeNeLuxExtreme Networks
As Regional Director at Extreme Networks, Sean Collins’ aim is to grow the company’s customer base by demonstrating value through the solutions and services on offer. He is also responsible for overseeing the UK and BeNeLux teams, supporting growth and success through cross-region collaboration. Sean graduated from Warwick University with a Computer Systems degree then moved into an IT career at the beginning of the technology revolution in the 90s. Before moving into sales he cut his teeth in Design Engineer and Systems Engineer roles. Sean enjoyed two successful decades at Cisco in management and senior leadership roles, engaging with service providers, enterprise and commercial businesses and supporting partners.Sean’s personal and professional mantra is “Never give up.” He believes firmly in never giving up on your children, your passions and your profession and says if you are lucky enough each will push you to your limits, from where you can only learn.
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