Delhi, 22 January 23 2013: Networking products leader Brocade has announced the appointment of Johnson Chiu as Channel director, Asia Pacific (APAC), to spearhead partner enablement strategies and programmes designed to grow Brocade IP networking revenues through channel partners across key industry segments in the region. Chiu is based in Singapore, and reports directly to Brocade’s vice president for APAC, Charlie Foo.Says Foo: “Johnson’s appointment is both a strategic and timely one as we continue to chart new growth across the region in tandem with the expected increase in worldwide IT spending in 2013. Johnson will play an instrumental role in furthering Brocade’s partner business success in APAC.”An industry veteran with 27 years of channel leadership experience, Chiu was most recently with NetApp where he led the Channel, Alliance and Marketing organization in the Greater China region. He has also held channel leadership roles at Digital Equipment, Oracle, Symantec and Brocade.“I am excited to rejoin Brocade at this important juncture to lead its partner business in APAC,” says Chiu. “It is vital that the channels have the required capability and agility to move swiftly and adapt to technological changes, and I am looking forward to bolstering our channel partner enablement so as to deliver transformative networking innovations to our regional customers quickly.”According to research firm Canalys, the data centre infrastructure market will be worth $152 billion by 2016, with Asia Pacific accounting for a quarter of global data centre investment in five years –representing a significant opportunity for Brocade channel partners.