Butler finesses Ingram A-Team

Butler finesses Ingram A-Team

TO the outside world it may look like Ingram Micro has taken over Tech Pacific, but from within it appears the other way around.

The new company’s senior management team, headed by managing director Tony Butler, is dominated by former Tech Pacific staff, and the new organisation will be based at existing Tech Pacific premises in Albany, Wellington and Christchurch and will initially use Tech Pacific’s computer systems.

The biggest change in the merger, which follows Ingram Micro’s buyout of Tech Pacific’s operation in seven countries in Asia-Pacific for $750 million, will be for the estimated 25 staff who face redundancy.

The redundancies, says Butler, will mainly be in areas where duplications occur, but the exact roles affected will only be confirmed later this month, with a new structure finalised by January 24.

“A draft of the new company structure is currently being reviewed by staff, but we expect that there will be around 25 positions affected by the merger,” says Butler.

By the end of the month, most staff and stock will have been shifted to Albany from the old Ingram Micro facility, which will initially be maintained as an order pickup point in South Auckland.

Two of the eight new management team members reporting to Butler are from Ingram Micro. Former managing director John Dunbar becomes director of OEM and retail sales and former Micro group product manager Desmond Ling will be marketing manager. Many former Tech Pacific management team members also now have new roles. Former commercial division manager Gary Bigwood is now enterprise and SME sales director and Scott Cowen, previously enterprise division manager, is marketing manager alongside Ling.

Vivienne Larsen remains marketing director, while former consumer division manager Rick Jansen has left the new group to establish BenQ’s first local office. He says his departure was not related to the merger [see story here].

Operations manager Will Stark, finance manager Martyn Smith and commercial manager Bruce Pain complete the management team.

Butler says the ratio of former Tech Pacific to Ingram Micro management staff reflects that of employees in the new company.

Meanwhile in Australia, former Tech Pacific employees also dominate the new management team, taking up five of the seven positions reporting to new managing director, and former Tech Pacific head, Kerry Baillie.

While the new organisation will initially operate on Tech Pacific’s computer systems, including the Techlink website, it will probably move to Ingram Micro’s worldwide system later in the year.

The company is consulting with vendors over product manager roles, especially where Tech Pacific and Ingram Micro had previously shared accounts.

“Some have indicated that they would like for us to keep both people so the focus on their brand maintains the same as before,” Butler says. New name signage will be erected on all buildings within coming weeks, but Butler expects the Tech Pacific name to remain in use for much of this year as the integration of the two entities continues.

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