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​Stress takes its toll as TeamTalk founder steps down after 22 years

​Stress takes its toll as TeamTalk founder steps down after 22 years

“To be honest I massively hit a wall a while ago and should have left last year."

TeamTalk founder and Managing Director David Ware is stepping down from the company, citing mounting stress and a lack of enthusiasm for the role.

In a frank and honest admission, Ware is departing the listed telecommunications company to “watch the grass grow” at his farm, following two decades of service in the local industry.

“To be honest I massively hit a wall a while ago and should have left last year,” admits Ware, who started the Wellington-based business in 1994.

“I have been under huge stress for the few years running three companies, commuting between Auckland, Wellington and Timaru while facing a challenging market situation and my health has gone downhill.”

In announcing his departure, Ware admits that in some respects, his behaviour has been “sub-optimal” during the past few years, acknowledging that “a few” of his 200 staff have made complaints in the past.

David Ware - Founder and Managing Director, TeamTalk
David Ware - Founder and Managing Director, TeamTalk

“I’ve loved running this company for the last two decades but the joy has gone,” he admits.

“I haven't handled relationships well and the stress has taken a toll, so I'm heading to the farm to watch the grass grow.”

In attempting to create the “best little telco” in New Zealand, Ware created TeamTalk on August 10, 1994, launching its mobile radio service with two sites in Wellington and two sites in Auckland.

Going forward, the TeamTalk board is now actively searching for a replacement.


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