Maclean succession years in the planning

Maclean succession years in the planning

From today, Maclean Computing founder Allan Maclean becomes chairman and will be succeeded as CEO by his son Chris Maclean.

Chris assumes day-to-day responsibility of the company, with Allan continuing to be involved in strategic planning and governance, as well as taking responsibility for specific internal projects. Allan will remain based at the company's Auckland office.

Allan says the transition has been some time in the planning.

"We decided my 65th birthday, which I celebrated recently, was a perfect time to make this transition. Chris has spent the past two years really understanding this business and I'm confident he's the right person to lead Maclean Computing into its next phase of growth."

Allan added that he hopes to get out and work in the industry more, and look at opportunities such as business mentoring.

Chris says the succession is part of the company's ongoing strategy for expansion.

"This strategic plan has seen us hire a number of new senior management staff recently. We have grown the business from 55 to 72 staff over the past 12 months, acquiring ATL along the way, and we're planning for ongoing growth."

Prior to joining Maclean Computing in 2007, Chis held a number of senior sales and business development roles, including business development director, global and enterprise accounts, EMEA for MessageLabs. He also spent seven years in Britain working with IT companies such as Acentia, which was acquired by IBM in 2006. Chris then moved back home under contract to IBM New Zealand in 2006.

"I'm really looking forward to executing the plans we've been working on to grow the company," he says.

"We've got an excellent team on board, and of course Allan will continue to actively support me and the rest of the executive team in his role as chairman."

Maclean Computing was established in 1993 and provides a number of services including IT and communications consulting to more than 500 local businesses from its Auckland and Wellington offices.

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