John Dunbar has left Ingram Micro to head rival distributor IT Wholesale and its sister division, Cellect, which supplies telecommunications products.
Industry sources suggest Dunbar’s appointment is an indication that ITW and Cellect will be rolled into one as the convergence between telecommunications and IT intensifies.
Dunbar agrees telecommunications are moving more into the IT space, but says it is too early to comment on any integration between the two divisions.
“There are a lot of things in the pipeline. We are having a good look at our systems and there will be a lot of investment there. That will be one of my first jobs,” he says.
Dunbar takes over general manager duties of both ITW and Cellect from Mike O’Brien, who will focus on the company’s agreement with Telecom to distribute mobile phone handsets.
Dunbar’s appointment comes at the same time as two staff departures from ITW.
Sales and marketing manager Tracey Brewer left last Friday to join Motorola, while sales manager Mark Cooke has moved to Elite Systems in Auckland.
The company will not immediately replace Brewer, as Dunbar wants to temporarily assume her duties.
“It is a good way to get to understand that side of the business,” he says.
Dunbar joined Ingram Micro after it acquired Electronic Resources in the late 1990s. He was managing director of the company until it merged with Tech Pacific last year, when he became director of OEM and retail sales.
Dunbar says he is looking forward to taking on more general management duties at ITW and Cellect.
“I really like smaller companies and a smaller team. I look forward to doing a wider range of jobs, whereas with Ingram, because it is such a big company, I was just in the sales area,” he says.