Mark Baker has vacated his role as country manager of Westcon-Comstor in New Zealand, joining IBM as a channel and digital leader.
Sources close to Reseller News can confirm that the channel veteran has departed the distributor after nearly 20 years, joining Big Blue in January 2017.
“It is with mixed emotions that I have accepted Mark Baker’s resignation from the Westcon-Comstor family,” Westcon-Comstor vice president and managing director A/NZ, Dave Rosenberg, told Reseller News.
“While I am very sorry to see Mark leave our business, I am also very excited for him in the new journey he has decided to take with IBM.”
As an admired and respected figure within the New Zealand channel, Baker first entered the industry in 1997 with Datastor, before being acquired by Westcon Group in 2009.
Having held senior vendor, sales and marketing roles within Westcon-Comstor, Baker took over the top job in February 2015, leading the business across New Zealand.
“I know this has been a very difficult decision for Mark to make after nearly 20 years with Datastor and Westcon-Comstor combined,” Rosenberg added.
“I personally congratulate him on his new role and respect the decision he has made.
“Mark’s resilience, determination and sense of humour have held him in good stead in his many roles within our business.
“I thank Mark for his commitment and leadership over the past 20 years. He has most certainly been a strong influence on the culture, direction and success of the business and will be missed by myself and the team.”
In leading Westcon-Comstor in New Zealand, Baker has forged a leading reputation as a strong channel operator, understanding the needs and requirements of resellers within the industry.
“Mark's appointment is indicative of the critical importance of growing our mid-market business in New Zealand, and our commitment to supporting our channel ecosystem,” a spokesperson for IBM told Reseller News.
Baker departs the distributor on a high, after taking home Cloud Distributor of the Year and Best Distributor Initiative awards at the 2016 Reseller News ICT Industry Awards in October.
Westcon-Comstor currently distributes IBM in New Zealand.