London, United Kingdom: 3rd July - Sungard Availability Services ® (Sungard AS), a leading provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, has appointed Chris Huggett as its Senior Vice President, Sales for EMEA & India. Chris will lead the European sales team, covering markets including the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland and Sweden. Chris will also lead Sungard AS' sales team in India.

Chris Huggett's appointment comes at an important juncture for Sungard AS, as it increases its reach and capabilities within the EMEA region, including the expansion of its Channel Partner Programme into EMEA and significant investments in its Workplace Recovery Facilities across the U.K. and Europe. Sungard AS has refreshed several workplace recovery sites including Mansell Street and Southwark Bridge, as well as expanding sites overseas in Luxembourg, France and Dublin. The availability expert has also grown its offering to include expanded cloud, production and recovery solutions that will enable a new generation of customers to benefit from the company’s legacy of more than 40 years in the availability arena.

Chris brings with him more than 20 years of sales, marketing and leadership experience, having worked with several leading technology firms including Hewlett Packard (HP), Vodafone, Cisco Systems and Dell. Chris has developed wide-ranging experiences working in the UK and international markets, across sales, marketing, and account-management. He has a proven track record as a senior sales leader and for re-engineering go-to-market (GTM) strategies.

Most recently, Chris served as Managing Director, Daisy Corporate Services, where he was tasked with the integration of four different business units. He worked to create a single go-to-market structure from these multiple acquisitions. Harnessing his entrepreneurial experience, Chris succeeded in creating one single governance model, including a unified sales organization, portfolio improvements, and a unified sales methodology. Previously, Chris spent a number of years at HP, where he led a specialist global account team for HP Networking, including OEM sales.

Commenting on the appointment, Alfred Binford, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Solutions, Sungard Availability Services said: "Throughout his career, Chris has established himself as a commercially astute sales leader and a pragmatic innovator with an entrepreneurial instinct that has seen him develop new and innovative ideas within large corporations. I am very excited to welcome Chris to the leadership team at Sungard AS."

About his appointment Chris commented: "I'm delighted to be joining Sungard AS at such an exciting time for the company. The business has four decades as an innovative and leading provider of resilient production and disaster recovery services, while continually striving to meet its customers' ever-changing needs. Sungard AS is now ideally placed to make a significant impact across an expanding EMEA market. I look forward to leading my team to even greater successes as part of this process."

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Sungard Availability Services ("Sungard AS") is a leading provider of critical production and recovery services to global enterprise companies. Sungard AS partners with customers across the globe to understand their business needs and provide production and recovery services tailored to help them achieve their desired business outcomes.  Leveraging more than 40 years of experience, Sungard AS designs, builds and runs critical IT services that help customers manage complex IT, adapt quickly and build resiliency and availability. To learn more, visit or call 08082388080. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Representing techUK (formerly Intellect), the trade association, Sungard AS helped define ISO 27036 – the IT standard relating to information security in supplier relationships (including cloud services) as a member of SC27.  Previously in a similar arrangement, Sungard AS helped develop both business continuity management standard BS 25999, now ISO 22301 and IT continuity management standard ISO 27031.  Within the UK, Sungard AS became the first business continuity provider to secure certification against the BS 25999 Standard, which it retained in 2010. Sungard AS is also certified to ISO 27001 and ISO 9001, and compliant with IGSoC, PCI DSS and ISAE3402.

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