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Fujitsu is committed to developing a diverse workforce, valuing everyone as a unique individual, and celebrating the women who are leaders in their respective fields.

Fujitsu Products has a particularly strong track record of this. Since joining Fujitsu a little over 4 months ago as Head of Products UK&I I have witnessed first hand the sincere commitment to fostering female talent.   I am delighted to say that my leadership team has over 50% female representation which is the first time I have experienced this in a 25+ year career in IT.  We have worked hard to counteract unconscious bias within our recruitment process and pay attention to training and retaining talented graduates and apprentices.

Fujitsu has been listed on the The Times Top 50 Employers for Women for the third year running, thanks to our impressive range of company-wide initiatives, including Future Me (our mentoring programme for young women), and our business networks – such as the Women’s Business Network which is helping to drive and support gender parity across our industry.

Being able to celebrate and showcase the achievements of individuals is an important part of what we do. This year I’m incredibly proud to announce that we have seven individual Fujitsu finalists in the CRN Women in Channel awards from the UK&I Product Business. This is on top of being shortlisted for the CRN Gender Parity Award 2020!

Naturally, the ceremony will be a virtual one this year, and will be broadcast over two days: Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 October at 4pm. So, before that happens, I’m delighted to shine a spotlight on the achievements and outstanding qualities of these seven female leaders.  Fujtsu – prepare to be inspired!

The Fujitsu Finalists for CRN Women in Channel 2020

Myfanwy Edwards
Head of Delivery for Products UK&I, finalist for Role Model of the Year

“I am the only female Fujitsu Fellow which is the highest accolade within the Fujitsu technical world. Since my appointment four years ago, I have made it my mission to pay back the support I have received during my career. I make time to reach out to other women in the organisation, and am always ready to support and encourage anyone who approaches me for advice. My aim is to lead by example and give women the opportunity to shine and excel.”

Myfanwy moved into her current role in June, and has had widespread positive feedback since taking on her new responsibilities. She’s keen to show all the women in the industry that you can have a successful technical career and still be yourself. Outside work, Myfanwy follows the Wales football team and enjoys skiing.

 

Carrie Young,
Service Management for UK&I, finalist for Technical Employee of the Year

 I have held several technical roles at Fujitsu and have worked with some of Fujitsu’s larger Channel Partners. This has meant I have been involved in resolving business-critical situations. I take time to understand the problem, often spending several days or even weeks with the Partner to see and understand the issue first- hand.”

Carrie has been adventurous traveller and explorer, having visited Peru and even travelling as far as the Galapagos Islands. Her role at Fujitsu is a varied one, supporting our Service and Channel Partners and administering the service systems.

 

Sonja Jeffery,
Product Related Services Offering Manager & Service Partner Manager, finalist for Unsung Hero

“I am proud that our operational capabilities have not been interrupted this year: our valued customers and Channel Partners have still been able to get the great post-sales service they are used to. I had to make a few quick operational changes behind the scenes at the start of lockdown, so I am pleased with the agility shown by both Fujitsu and our Service Partners. The team and I have shown what we can do in a national crisis, so whatever comes our way next we know we can achieve anything!”

 Sonja’s long job title means that she makes sure our customers’ IT systems stay operational by ensuring that our Service Partners deliver against service level agreements.

 

Amy Lishman,
Partner Account Manager, finalist for Graduate of the Year

“I love my job, and I love seeing my customers win with Fujitsu. This year it has been challenging to switch from being customer-facing to being remote, but now this is the new normal and I love finding new and creative ideas to engage with partners, such as Zoom and online focus days. Being at home has been strange, as I am used to being in a different part of the UK every day!”

Amy is a graduate within the team that focuses on helping smaller partners to grow their business. She also supports new partners through onboarding and starting their Fujitsu journey. Her achievements (so far) include being the first person in the UK Product Business to sell our Microsoft Azure HCI proposition, and helping to devise, create and launch the new partner enablement programme: Fujitsu Flyers, which provides extra support for smaller businesses.

 

Bronwyn O’Neill,
Product Manager, finalist for both Graduate of the Year and Rising Star of the Year

“Remote working during Covid-19 has made networking more challenging – it’s not possible to get chatting to people over a coffee in the same way! On top of my day to day I am Programme Lead for Operation Innovation, Fujitsu Products’ annual technology competition for our Education Ambassador partners – this year has meant adapting the competition to an online platform, and this year our Sixth-form entrepreneurs will be coached online present at a virtual ‘Dragon’s Den’.”

Bronwyn is responsible for product route to market, business development, marketing strategy and sales enablement for the UK hardware portfolio. She is highly engaged in STEM outreach and a vocal advocate for making the IT industry a more inclusive place for all.

 

Amy Simpson,
Channel Marketing for UK&I, finalist for Marketing Employee of the Year

 Amy’s role is wide-ranging, as she manages everything from partner engagement to the Market Development Funds programme, all focused on channel growth. However, the element she enjoys most is interacting and collaborating with the Fujitsu partner community.

Her achievements this year include launching ‘Women in Channel’ for the Fujitsu product partner community, which has also meant getting involved with D&I and Fujitsu’s ‘Women in Business’ programme. Despite working at home with two young children under 5, over the last twelve months she’s managed to nearly treble the contribution via MDF programmes, launch a new LinkedIn social group which now has over 3,000 partner members and significant engagement every month.

 

Nicola El Shebasi,
Partner Account Manager, finalist for Sales Employee of the Year

“I have three ponies, and last year my partner and I moved to Wales to renovate a smallholding together. I also love to travel and see the world, which is on hold right now because of Covid-19.”

 Nicola has been a Partner Account Manager for four years, and genuinely loves every minute of it – especially engaging with her customers, who she has great relationships with, having been working with them right from the start. Nicola is great at what she does, and was formally recognised by Fujitsu with a European Top Achiever Award in 2019. She is also working hard at her management degree, and is scoring with distinction so far.

Congratulations to all our nominee finalists – your dedication and achievements deserve to be recognised and will inspire others!

Find out more about the CRN Women in Channel Awards 2020

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