Huawei has appointed Jill Strying, Everything Everywhere's former head of advertising and search, as its UK & Ireland marketing director for devices.
It is the first time the manfacturer has appointed a person to this position, which Huawei said 'further supports [its] ambition for its smartphones and brand in the region'. Styring [pictured] will be responsible for Huawei's brand and marketing functions in the UK & Ireland and will lead the marketing team. She starts on 24 January.
Huawei UK & Ireland executive VP Mark Mitchinson said: 'I’m delighted Jill has elected to join the Huawei UK family as she is highly experienced and highly regarded in the UK mobile industry. The role she undertakes is crucial to our growth plans for the devices business for the year ahead.'
Meanwhile, David Buckingham will join as sales director for the Vodafone account next month from Everything Everywhere. He was formerly head of portfolio management for major programmes at the operator and also held roles at Virgin Mobile and Samsung.
Mitchinson said: 'I have worked with David previously, rate him among the best account directors in the business, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him again. He is the perfect man to help build our business with Vodafone, which is a partner of major strategic importance to Huawei.'
Duc Tinh Van Tri has joined the manufacturer as UK marketing manager. She previously worked at Research in Motion (RIM), where she was Nordics carrier marketing manager and UK marketing specialist since February 2009. She started on 9 January and will be responsible for device marketing for Huawei's Everything Everywhere account, working alongside account director Rhys Saunders.
The appointments are in additon to recent hires at the manufacturer. Jon Morgan joined last month from Mobile Phones Direct as UK & Ireland retail training manager. Ian Gale was hired recently from HSC as open market account manager and Craig MacLennan, formerly European marketing manager at LG, has been appointed marketing manager.