Former Oracle and SAP head Tim Ebbeck has now been appointed senior vice president and managing director for Australia and New Zealand of robotic process automation (RPA) company Automation Anywhere.
Based in Sydney, Ebbeck will is charged with rapidly the growing the company’s ANZ presence, including opening new offices in Sydney, Canberra and Auckland before the end of 2018, building a team which can communicate the business value of RPA and AI to customers, and expanding the company’s ecosystem of partners.
Adrian Jones, Automation Anywhere’s executive vice president for Asia Pacific and Japan, said, “The market in ANZ presents a unique opportunity for Automation Anywhere, with its fast-changing workforce and its economy shifting from traditional industries to services and professional sectors. Tim brings a wealth of experience guiding multinationals and local enterprises through huge transformations in this part of the world, and we’re excited to have him at the helm.”
As CEO of SAP ANZ, Ebbeck led the vendor to its largest-ever four years in this market, and was managing director of Oracle in ANZ until late 2016. Most recently he has been executive chairman at ASX-listed data collaboration software company IXUP Limited, non-executive director of NZX listed Geo Limited, and non-executive director of Nextgen Distribution.
“The concept of automation is not a new one. Having led large software companies like SAP and Oracle, I saw customers automating many core processes with ERP, CRM and even core banking systems. However, this created a major automation gap as many processes were left behind, with huge gaps between legacy systems and even more now with hybrid cloud environments – this requires unnecessary, wasteful and mundane human intervention,” said Ebbeck.
“In addition, it’s clear that point solutions don’t win in the long run – suites of products are always better than isolated solutions. Automation Anywhere has built solutions that go beyond RPA and integrate AI and analytics. This capability not only automates processes, but importantly helps businesses build a digital workforce that learns, refines and informs. I’m very excited to be joining the Automation Anywhere team on this journey of growth.”