INGRAM Micro’s takeover of Tech Pacific’s New Zealand operation has been finalised over the past two weeks. However, at the time of going to press, the total number of job losses caused by the amalgamation remains unclear.
Previously, the company told Reseller News that around 25 employees would be made redundant following the merger. The people who lost their jobs were said to work in areas where duplications existed between roles. Last Friday was their final day at the company.
However, speaking on Tuesday morning, new marketing manager Desmond Ling said the cuts were much less than 25.
Managing director Tony Butler’s new management team, meanwhile, officially took office on Tuesday.
According to sources close to the company, Butler and other senior managers spent much of last week finalising the details of the merger, which included announcing the redundancies.
“They have been flat out this week,” one employee said.
High-profile figures that are leaving the company because of the job cuts include former Ingram Micro national sales manager Richard Harri and marketing manager Brett Robertson.
Tech Pacific’s consumer division manager Rick Jansen left the new group three weeks ago to establish BenQ’s first local office, saying his departure was not related to the merger.
Meanwhile, all staff were sche-duled to move out of Ingram Micro’s Otahuhu premises by Tuesday, along with most of the stock held there. The site will initially be used as a collection point, but is likely to be sold eventually.
Butler was unavailable for comment by time of going to print, but in an earlier statement said that the company was very focused on ensuring the merger is relatively quick with positive impact on its business partners.
Resellers who did not have an account with Tech Pacific before are due to have accounts set up in the Tech Pacific systems and on Techlink by January 21.
Butler also confirmed that the company will continue to provide the channel with a credit level which is no less than the combined total credit provided by Ingram Micro and Tech Pacific prior to the merger.