Despite being commended for his success in building a profitable business against strong competition from Tech Pacific, John Dunbar is not heading up the new Ingram Micro which now incorporates its former rival.
An announcement to employees of the two companies this week states that Tech Pacific's Tony Butler will be managing director of the new combined company with immediate effect.
Dunbar is to be director of sales for retail and OEM channels. The company is yet to comment officially on the appointments, with neither Butler, Dunbar nor Gupta returning calls from Reseller News this week.
The announcement, in the form of an email from the group’s Singapore-based Asia Pacific president Alain Monié and regional CEO Shailendra Gupta, 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.”
The message says 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.”
It also states that Butler will hold overall responsibility for the New Zealand business and will report to Gupta, who was Tech Pacific’s CEO before Ingram Micro bought the company for $750-million in September.
The move has fuelled speculation that former Tech Pacific staff will dominate management roles in the new group in the region.
“Tech Pac is running the show and Tony [Butler] is making the calls,” says one source, who does not want to be named.
But the final verdict on such claims is expected to depend on the outcome of the leadership tug across the Tasman.
With Tech Pacific and Ingram Micro closer in size in Australia than in New Zealand, a closely contested race is being run between Tech Pacific boss Kerry Baillie and Steve Rust of Ingram Micro to head the combined company there.
Locally the new operation is expected to be run from Tech Pacific’s current head office in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore, with current Ingram Micro management and administrative staff due to move north by January, if not sooner.
This is expected to be followed by a restructure of Tech Pacific, which was already re-organised into three divisions - consumer, commercial and enterprise – in March this year.
Meanwhile, as rumours abound about post-merger job cuts, local staff remain in the dark over their future.