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Computer Concepts makes key appointments

Computer Concepts makes key appointments

Systems integrator Computer Concepts (CCL) announced two appointments to lead company growth, building on the its North Island presence, while expanding a services including cloud computing, unified communications and procurement.

CCL appointed Andrew Allan as CEO, a newly designated position that will encompass the responsibilities currently undertaken by founder and director Darryl Swann, who will move to a board position in the coming months to focus on strategic planning.

The company also hired Alan Leigh to be director of sales and marketing.

CCL’s new hires are to support the company’s continued expansion, following two consecutive years of roughly 25 percent annual growth. The integrator currently employs 120 people in four cities across New Zealand and is expected to continue bringing on more staff as business is projected to maintain its pace.

Allan came to CCL from Gen-i where he was head of procurement.

“He has effectively grown the procurement model from its infancy to the mature model that it is there now,” says Leigh. “So the big asset that he brings is an intimate understanding of big, complex IT procurement models.”

Leigh was a consultant for Gen-i working on commercialising the company’s cloud propositions. Before that he was general manager for business marketing at Vodafone, which he says is similar to the role he is taking at CCL.

“The company is full of expert engineers,” says Leigh. “[Swann] was an engineer himself so engineering is in [CCL’s] DNA. What it’s not been good at – and it is self-diagnosed, so they know this – is that from a sales and marketing side, they aren’t good at talking about their capabilities. That’s one of the things that I bring.”

Leigh says the two are still working out how they will proceed in their new roles.

“We’re just getting our heads under the bonnet now,” he says. “We’re complementing what already exists: a good management team.”

“What really attracted both of us was [CCL’s] agility and skill. It’s an engineering shop with high quality engineers throughout and what attracted us was that there wasn’t layers of management to preside over those skills set. So the agility to support customers and innovate is really appealing.”

CCL partners with a range of vendors, including IBM, HP, Oracle and VMware. It works with “hundreds of client” around the country, Leigh says, ranging in size from operations with “relatively small IT requirements” and 10 to 20 users, to large enterprise customers.

Moving with Swann to a board position is Bruce Abel, CCL’s CFO, who was the first director to join Swann when the company started 20 years ago, Leigh says.

Their strategic planning efforts will include working with sister companies SNAP internet and the Co-Location Company.


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