Nearshore Information Technology services provider Unisys Corporation has hired technology veteran Carlos Ferrer to take charge of its operations in eight countries in South and Central America.
Ferrer succeeds Yolanda Auza, who retired voluntarily, as the company’s General Manager and Vice President for Southern and Andean Latin America (LACSA).
A former HP executive, Ferrer will chart the future course of the company in the region, monitoring more than 2,000 employees and devising strategies for expansion and marketing.
“Carlos joins Unisys when we are bringing innovative new products and services to the market,” stated Helcio Beninatto, Unisys vice president for global managed services in Latin America.
Ferrer has previously worked for HP, Gilat Communications, EMTELCO and AT&T. He will lead Unisys in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.
“My arrival at Unisys represents a great challenge and an opportunity to bring my experience in the technology industry,” said Ferrer, who graduated in electrical engineering from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Colombia and later earned a degree in telecommunications from the University of Colorado in the USA.
From Germany’s HenKel to Colombia’s Interconexion Electrica and several Brazilian banks, Unisys has a wide-ranging set of clients in Latin America for its data center services. The growing demand for IT support and data center services is what Unisys is counting on to expand its operations in the region.
According to IDC, the majority of the 3,500 largest Latin American companies are growing or modernizing their data centers, spending an estimated $3 billion on the process in 2013. Another report from Frost & Sullivan says that Brazil’s data center market alone accounted for $1.6 billion in expenditures in 2012, a growth rate of 11.3%.