I had a chance to talk to Nick Tidd, a day after being named new president for D-Link in North America.
The former 3Com veteran is incredible happy at the opportunity he has in front of him.
He will be moving full time to California; Huntington Beach, Calif., to be exact. Not bad for the Burlington, Ont. native.
He told me that he had to pinch himself several times to make sure his new situation wasn’t just a dream. Last Saturday, for example, Tidd biked to the golf course for a round of 18 and then headed to the local Starbucks all-the-while enjoying spectacular views of the beach.
Tidd is also fortunate to be surrounded by Canadians in his new home. Jeff Volpe of Viewsonic and Kevin Murai of Synnex live close by. Tidd has also brought on a few other Canadian executives to be part of his channel team. Former Symantec and Alternative Technology executive Terry Sedgley (now West) and Phyllis McCullagh (formerly with Gateway and CompTIA) will also be close by.
Tidd told me he has been giddy about his new career opportunity and CDN is happy for him. But, as they say: In the U.S. they eat their young. Tidd have lofty revenue goals for 2010 for D-Link. Tidd said that he is comfortable with the high expectations.
And, if you look at the networking landscape as it stands today, you can see why he might be.
Don’t get me wrong here. Tidd has a huge challenge in front of him. D-Link is known as a consumer company predominately. Tidd’s task is to change that market perception. D-Link’s goal is to succeed in the enterprise space as well as the carrier space. That is a tall order, but it might happen. Who knows? Tidd is not saddled with a large integration project such HP with 3Com. Nor does he have to convince channel partners on a new platform strategy. It's been business as usual for D-Link for the most part.
Two quick hits before I go. I want to give a shout out to Rick Reid, president of Tech Data Canada. He’s not feeling so good these days. Hope you get healthy soon.
Mark Ciprietti has left Insight Canada to join D-Link Canada as its new vice president and GM of business solutions sales for D-Link Canada. This is a tough loss for Insight Canada for sure, but CDN wishes Ciprietti all the best at D-Link.