Press Release

asknet retains IBM expert for international growth as part of IBM’s “Champions for Growth” program

asknet has retained Jens Weckbach, the experienced IBM expert, as Head of International Business Development Academics as of March 2018.

Karlsruhe, 28 March 2018 – asknet AG, a subsidiary of the Swiss-listed international technology and media company The Native SA (www.thenative.ch), has retained Jens Weckbach, the experienced IBM expert, as Head of International Business Development Academics as of March 2018. Mr. Weckbach will be employed at asknet as part of IBM’s “Champions for Growth” program for a period of 18 months. During the past ten years, Mr. Jens Weckbach held various sales and management roles at IBM. Most recently, he was responsible for serving the Analytics and Cloud sales partners (system integrators), including asknet, in the DACH region. In the next 18 months, Mr. Weckbach will spearhead the global business development of asknet’s Academics Business Unit. His tasks include pushing forward the Academics business internationally and expanding the cooperation with IBM to include topics such as blockchain and AI technology applications.

Michael Baumann, Vice President of the Academics Business Unit: “This is a unique win-win situation for all parties, we are pleased that we have been able to win Jens Weckbach. He  knows both companies and their product portfolios thoroughly and will be crucial in optimizing asknet’s cooperation with IBM. We will also explore possibilities for cooperation in new, forward-looking sectors such as applications based on artificial intelligence.”

The “Champions for Growth“ program was initiated by IBM for the purpose of deploying employees to partner companies for a limited period of time in order to establish a platform for the exchange of knowledge and expertise that benefits both parties.