Toughshield appoints Sue Osborne as a channel manager for UK and Ireland

Rugged smartphone manufacturer brings mobile telecoms expert on board as part of its drive to build its sales and business development team

Toughshield appoints Sue Osborne as a channel manager for UK and Ireland

Toughshield, the global provider of rugged smartphone devices, has appointed Sue Osborne as a channel manager for the UK and Ireland.

Reporting to Merrick Edwards, business development director, Osborne will be responsible for new business and channel partner management, working with customers to identify opportunities that will then be fulfilled via strategic channel partners.

Osborne has spent the last 14 years in the mobile telecommunications industry working both with network operators and mobile software solutions providers. She spent 11 years with Orange (now Everything Everywhere) as business manager in the corporate auto/transport sector where she was responsible for winning business with some of the largest UK and global enterprise customers including many household names. She has also held senior sales positions with Virgin Business Media, Crown Computing and, most recently, Vodafone.

Commenting on her new role Osborne said: “The enterprise smartphone market is experiencing phenomenal growth at the moment and Toughshield has a vision to become one of the leading players. This is a hugely exciting opportunity for me and I am looking forward to introducing Toughshield to my network of contacts and to working with the channel to maximise this opportunity.”

Merrick Edwards welcomed Osborne’s appointment saying: “Sue brings a wealth of understanding of the mobile communications needs of enterprise customers combined with a deep knowledge of the mobile operators. Her skills and experience will further enhance our rapidly growing sales team and I am confident that she will make a very positive contribution to the future success of Toughshield as it takes advantage of the rapid growth of enterprise smartphone adoption in the UK and Ireland.”

Toughshield, headquartered in London, has been building its sales and business development team as it executes its plan to be a leading provider of ruggedised smartphones to the enterprise market. Recent hires include Merrick Edwards, business development director; Andy Lee, channel manager and Mercedes Gilkes, business development manager.

Toughshield is a global provider of smartphone devices, which offer a blend of consumer design and ease of use, combined with enterprise specific functionality and durability. These include the R500, a ruggedised smartphone that offers dedicated push to talk and lone worker panic buttons, dual SIM and Near Field Communication. Designed for the elements, the R500 is IP67 and MIL-STD-810 rated against dust and water ingress and comes with Gorilla Glass.

The R500 is aimed at enterprise customers with mobile workers in a range of sectors including security, transport and logistics, local authority and healthcare.

Toughshield said it is continuing to develop new smartphones and tablets to meet the specific needs of mobile workers in a variety of sectors.

Written by Wireless magazine
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