Ingram Micro,Tech Pacific keep industry guessing

Ingram Micro,Tech Pacific keep industry guessing

ALTHOUGH it has been over two weeks since an internal company memo announced that current Tech Pacific boss Tony Butler will head up the New Zealand operation of the merged Ingram Micro and Tech Pacific, the companies are yet to make any official announcement in this regard.

The memo from the new group’s Singapore-based Asia-Pacific president Alain Monié and regional CEO Shailendra Gupta informed staff that Butler will be managing director of the new combined company with immediate effect, while current Ingram Micro managing director John Dunbar will be director of sales for retail and OEM channels.

While news of the appointments has trickled out of the two companies, amid much speculation over who will lead the new group, official communication from both Ingram Micro and Tech Pacific has been scant.

Several industry sources contacted by Reseller News reported that they had not received any official announcement from either company, and repeated requests to senior management at both companies in New Zealand for confirmation of the appointments have also gone unanswered, as have requests for comments from regional CEO Shailendra Gupta who is overseeing the integration of the two firms.

A Tech Pacific spokesperson on Tuesday declined to deny or confirm Butler’s appointment, referring all queries to Butler, who is in Singapore this week with Dunbar.

Meanwhile in Australia, sources close to the two companies told Reseller News sister publication ARN that Tech Pacific Australia head Kerry Baillie has won the managing director mantle following a closely contested race with Steve Rust, his Ingram Micro counterpart.

Staff there are believed to have also received a memo informing them of Baillie’s appointment, but no official announcements have been made either.

The memo to staff in New Zealand does not reveal the fate of other management staff, however, stating: “The rest of New Zealand’s leadership team will be announced in the coming days. We appreciate your patience and continued focus on customers and vendors during this time of transition.”

In their message Monié and Gupta state that Dunbar, who launched Ingram Micro’s business in New Zealand, can be “commended for his success in building a profitable business against strong competition from our new colleagues from the former Tech Pacific”.

They add that Butler, who is described as a “veteran of Tech Pacific”, will report to Gupta, who was Tech Pacific’s CEO before Ingram Micro bought the company for $750 million in September.

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