Maclean and son look north for growth

Maclean and son look north for growth

Opening its first branch office and creating a new director’s role will ensure Maclean Computing remains a top tier-two integrator, the company says.

The company opened an office in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore last month, while appointing Chris Maclean, son of company owner and founder Allan Maclean, to the newly created role of sales and marketing director.

According to Allan Maclean, the new office and appointment will be catalysts for growth.

The new office marks the first time the company has had a presence outside of central Auckland in its 25 years of operation, he says.

“There are big growth plans for the Shore and we want to be there amongst it.”

Maclean adds the new office will also enable the company to avoid delays in customer service calls caused by Auckland’s traffic woes, and will make Maclean Computing a more attractive employer.

“There are plenty of good guys on the Shore who do not want to cross the Harbour Bridge every day.”

Chris Maclean, meanwhile, brings global experience to the company, having enjoyed a seven-year IT career in the UK, Allan Maclean says.

“Chris has worked with fast-growing, medium-sized companies and large organisations such as IBM learning best practice approaches to growing and running an IT business.”

The younger Maclean returned to New Zealand last year on a six-month contract with IBM and joined the family business in January as business development director.

He took on the sales and marketing director role last month and says he is keen to draw on the experience he gained overseas to grow the business.

“My role will be to look for opportunities for growth. My mission is to set up an effective and scalable sales infrastructure that will enable us to grow with the minimum amount of pain.”

However, Chris Maclean will not be involved with the day-to-day operation of the company and Allan Maclean is quick to point out that he is not about to exit the business.

“I have made it clear that I will be here for at least another two years.”

And although Maclean has fielded no fewer than 11 unsolicited buy-out offers in the last year, he stresses he has no intention of selling the business, adding the most desirable option would be for Chris to succeed him.

“We want continuity and to offer our clients assurance that we will be there for the long term. Chris has the professionalism and experience to take the company to the next level.”

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