Quin to head new Gen-i/Computerland

Quin to head new Gen-i/Computerland

CURRENT Gen-i and former Telecom Advanced Solution general manager Chris Quin will head up the new merged Gen-i and Computerland operation.

Chris Mackay, the present Computerland CEO, will remain at the company until the end of June to assist with the process of integrating the two former rivals.

However, Mackay is expected to exit the company after that time. He has been with Computerland for around 20 years and has been its head since 2000.

Mackay could not be reached by deadline, and according to a Telecom spokesperson his future plans are not yet known.

Telecom aims to complete the merger of Gen-i and Computerland within the next five months, the spokesperson says.

A new executive team for the combined operation will be put in place next month and will report to Quin.

Merging Gen-i and Computerland is the final chapter in Telecom’s acquisition of the two IT firms.

Telecom bought Gen-i last June for $62.5 million, and merged its IT services arm, Telecom Advanced Solutions, with the integrator.

Computerland was snapped up last August for $26 million, with Telecom saying it would wait a year before making any changes to its new subsidiary.

Meanwhile, Rhoda Holmes, formerly of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, has been appointed as general manager of Gen-i Australia.

This role was held by Garth Biggs, who was chief executive of Gen-i New Zealand until Quin was appointed general manager, shortly after Telecom’s acquisition.

Biggs says he has been managing Gen-i Australia on a contract basis with his new firm, Biggs and Company, and will continue similar projects with other clients after the Gen-i contract ends in June.

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