Toughshield, the rugged smartphone provider, has appointed Holger Sponholz as DACH & Netherlands country manager and Stig Myhre as Nordic country manager.
Reporting to Stig Hansen, commercial director, Sponholz will be responsible for building the Toughshield sales operations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands; Myhre will be responsible for the sales operations in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
Sponholz joins from Intermec where he was distribution manager, EMEA having previously held senior sales positions at a number of international IT and rugged mobile computing companies including Unitech, Socket Mobile, Targus and TDK.
Myhre also joins from Intermec where he was country and business development manager, Norway & Iceland having held senior sales and management positions at a number of national and internationally renowned IT companies including Optiscan NUF, TietoEnator Healthcare & Welfare, Fujitsu and WinLink, spending one year at the latter working in the USA.
Stig Hansen welcomed both Sponholz and Myhre’s appointments saying: “Both Holger and Stig are highly skilled sales professionals with experience of business development in both the public and private sectors and broad experience in selling IT products, services and solutions. Their experience of working with international names will be invaluable as we roll out our operations across Europe.”
Toughshield, which was founded in 2010 with headquarters in London, has been building its management team to help meet its goal to be a leading provider of ruggedised smartphones to the enterprise market.
Since May this year it has recruited Merrick Edwards, business development director; Andy Lee, channel manager; Mercedes Gilkes, business development manager; Sue Osborne as channel manager; Paul Murphy as European service manager and Mark Davis as strategic planning director.
Toughshield’s key product so far is 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.