Hitachi Vantara Federal Bolsters Commitment to Government Through Strategic Industry Hires

Press Release  |  April 26, 2023

Top Experts Chris Garner, Melissa Hardt, and Wendy Noker to Help Drive Growth, Strengthen Key Relationships, and Increase Visibility for Leading Federal Data Solutions Company

RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hitachi Vantara Federal, the trusted leader in mission-centric data solutions for the Federal Government, today announced the appointment of three key leaders to grow the company’s presence in the public sector. Chris Garner will serve as the Director of Federal Systems Integrator (FSI) Sales, Melissa Hardt will be the new Director of Marketing, and Wendy Noker will work as Director of Channel and Alliances. These executives will support Federal customer and partner communities and continue to build on Hitachi Vantara Federal’s legacy of excellence in providing industry-leading digital solutions to the government. They will report to Hitachi Vantara Federal’s new Chief Revenue Officer, Phil Fuster.

Garner joins Hitachi Vantara Federal from Proofpoint, where he served as the Senior Director for Federal. As an established business leader with decades of IT and sales experience, he is skilled in devising and implementing strategic, value-driven IT solutions for the Federal Government and commercial markets. To this role, Garner will bring his wealth of knowledge and unparalleled expertise in identifying and developing relationships with SI partners to help foster growth and revenue for the company.

As the new Director of Marketing, Hardt will be responsible for all marketing efforts and revenue generating activities across a broad ecosystem of customers, resellers, distributors, and strategic alliances. She is a highly accomplished marketing professional with deep industry knowledge. Prior to joining Hitachi Vantara Federal, Hardt was the Chief Owner and Operator of Red Panda Marketing, an all-in-one digital marketing firm for small and local businesses. Before that she was the Vice President, Demand Generation at Bizzabo, and also held marketing roles at Splunk, Oracle, and SAP.

In her new role as Director of Channel and Alliances, Noker will be responsible for the design, management, and execution of Hitachi Vantara Federal’s Channel, Distribution, and Alliance Partner Programs. She will also drive strategy across deal registration, sales engagement, partner training, and partner enablement. Noker has a proven track record of success in strategic planning and execution and a strong understanding of the technology industry with various tenures at companies like VMware, Riverbed Technology, and Qumulo that will underpin her leadership of Hitachi Vantara Federal’s partner programs.

“I am excited to welcome Chris, Melissa, and Wendy to the team. As we continue to embody excellence in comprehensive data management solutions for Federal agencies, these three executives will help us drive revenue growth, strengthen partner relationships, and elevate our market presence,” said Mark Serway, Hitachi Vantara Federal’s President and CEO. “With their combined experience across IT, sales, marketing, and strategic planning, they will undoubtedly play a key role in accelerating our next phase of success for our company. We look forward to seeing the impact they will make as we move forward in our mission to support the Federal government’s data management needs.”

About Hitachi Vantara Federal

Hitachi Vantara Federal is the trusted leader in mission-centric data solutions for the Federal government. We’re a collaborative, full-service company with longstanding OT/IT roots. We empower data-driven insight with a deep bench of integrated partners — advancing Federal customer missions regardless of their data maturity levels. Hitachi Vantara Federal is a FOCI-mitigated subsidiary of Hitachi Vantara. Visit us at

About Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., delivers the intelligent data platforms, infrastructure systems, and digital expertise that supports more than 80% of the fortune 100. To learn how Hitachi Vantara turns businesses from data-rich to data-driven through agile digital processes, products, and experiences, visit

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at