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Symantec yet to replace Batchelar

Symantec yet to replace Batchelar

Symantec is still on the lookout for a new country manager following the departure of Richard Batchelar.

Citing personal reasons, Batchelar left the company at the end of last year after nearly a decade of service.

He held the country manager position since 1999 and has not announced what he plans to do next.

As country manager Batchelar had reached the upper limits of the organisation in New Zealand. Any further career advancement would most likely have required a move off-shore, which Batchelar was apparently unwilling to make.

According to David Sykes, Symantec’s vice president for the Pacific region, Batchelar departed on good terms and is taking a well-earned break, while he considers his next move.

“He has spoken about several opportunities and I am not sure what he will proceed with,” says Sykes, adding he does not expect Batchelar to stay out of sight for long.

Sykes hopes to have a replacement on board at the start of Symantec’s new financial year in April.

The company is also looking to appoint a business development manager in Wellington early this year.

Meanwhile, integrator Gen-i has not yet announced a replacement for head of sales John Bessey

who joined the company in May and departs in February, along with head of marketing strategy and channels Donna Fyfe.

Fyfe joined Gen-i last November from HP and is being replaced by Jo Allison, previously business manager in Gen-i’s business solutions and professional services division.

Like Batchelar, both Fyfe and Bessey are yet to reveal their future plans.


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