Oracle SA names new MD

By   |  October 27, 2005

Oracle has confirmed the appointment of Nicky Sheridan as managing director of Oracle South Africa. Sheridan stepped in as acting MD following the resignation of Kelvin Reynolds last week.

Sheridan, who is currently managing director of Oracle Ireland, will continue to hold both positions, but will dedicate the bulk of his time to the South African operation.

Sheridan joined Oracle in 1990, and has held various positions within Oracle focusing primarily on establishing new offices and developing new markets.

According to Sheridan his immediate goal will be to build on the company\’s priorities for business growth, black economic empowerment and management development. \”Under the leadership of Kelvin Reynolds South Africa has come to play an important role in the Oracle regional cluster consisting of Ireland, the United Kingdom and South Africa,\” Sheridan said.

\”Following the hand-over period the role will be enhanced further as we fully exploit the opportunities presented through transformation and business growth in South Africa.\”

Sheridan identified key focus areas for Oracle in the immediate future, including intensive customer communication and interaction in the wake of Oracle\’s acquisitions, the further development of the management team at Oracle, and the continuation of the company\’s black economic empowerment activity, particularly in the areas of skills and partner development.

\”The fact that Oracle has made ten acquisitions in as many months makes it important that we assimilate those acquisitions rapidly and communicate effectively with customers. Equally importantly, Oracle is transforming in line with the empowerment imperatives of this country,
and we must now accelerate our activities.

\”The South African operation has built up an impressive list of customers in South Africa, and the application software business in particular has grown in line with our global growth rate of 38%,\”
Sheridan said. \”Our aim is to build on this momentum created by Oracle South Africa under the previous leadership.\”

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