Simon has over 35 years professional experience in the IT industry with him joining HPE in March 2014 and moving across to Aruba in November 2017 as the UK&I CTO. He has held several leadership roles spanning UK and Ireland regions.
Simon sees it as a serious responsibility to help his customers cut through the techno-babble so they are clear on what technology can really do for them:
“I’ve seen a swathe of technology come and go – and return once more, often with a new name, new use cases and a fresh dose of optimism. But affixing ‘smart’ or ‘software-defined’ doesn’t make a device or technology stack relevant. I take the time to truly listen to issues and elevate the conversation to value, focusing only on solutions that fully deliver the desired outcome.”
Before this, Simon was with Nortel/Avaya for sixteen years where he worked across product management, marketing and channel operations roles. His experience also spans network design and electronic engineering. Simon led the EMEA product marketing team and worked in the Global product marketing organisation in North America. Prior to that, he had worked in the SMB reseller market and in distribution.
Simon holds a BTEC in Engineering from Croydon Technical College.
Based on the Surrey/Sussex border, Simon’s time outside of the office is spent with his Wife and two grown up sons. Simon’s hobbies include home automation, cycling and going to the gym.