Yolanda Stead new ANZ head of alliances at IT giant Kyndryl

08 May 2022 Consultancy.com.au 1 min. read
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After three years with KPMG, Yolanda Stead has departed the Big Four firm to become Head of Alliances for Australia and New Zealand at Kyndryl.

At KPMG, Yolanda Stead held a similar role – National Alliances Director for Australia – since joining the accounting and consulting firm in April 2019. In the position, she oversaw KPMG’s partnerships with technology vendors including SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft, as well as smaller vendors.

“Yolanda brings vast partnership experience to Kyndryl and our continually-growing ecosystem,” said Kerry Purcell, President of Kyndryl in Australia and New Zealand.

Yolanda Stead, Head of Alliances ANZ, Kyndryl

Kyndryl launched last year following the spin-off of IBM’s US$19 billion managed services business. In its first full quarter as an independent company, Kyndryl reported worldwide revenues of US$4.4 billion. Australia and New Zealand is part of the firm’s ‘Principal Markets’ division, which also houses its mature operations in Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, among others.

Expanding its ecosystem of technology partnership is a key pillar of Kyndryl’s growth plan, as the company aims to become the largest vendor-independent IT infrastructure services provider in the world.

In her new role, Stead will work closely with existing partners as well as identify new alliance opportunities to create solutions that “benefit local customers and the wider channel ecosystem”, said Purcell.

Stead steps into the role vacated by Vanessa Simpson in February this year. Simpson, who previously spent more than 26 years with IBM, took on Kyndryl's alliance leadership after it was divested from Big Blue last year.

Earlier in her career, Stead worked across strategic accounts at Oracle and as a technical account manager at Aconex. She began her career in South Africa working with LexisNexis, Aconex and Arup, before moving to Australia in 2017.