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Further woes for CA as Smith exits

CA’s Australian-based vice-president of channel sales Allan Smith, recently charged with directional oversight of the New Zealand team, has left the company only three months into the role.

Upon the recent departure of former New Zealand country manager Stuart Preston, Wellington-based channel account manager Cory Grant was promoted to head local sales responsibilities and manage its New Zealand named partners. At the time, Grant stated that Smith would oversee “directional and operational” matters for New Zealand.

Grant says he can’t comment on the way forward for CA following Smith’s departure, but in a statement the vendor said Smith was pursuing other interests.

CA told Australian Reseller News that Smith would leave CA on 24 September, and that the vendor’s partner-led sales teams would be overseen by Nick Ellis, the vice-president of channel sales for Asia Pacific and Japan.

A local CA spokesperson said a lot of things that were previously done as a country in New Zealand were increasingly being aligned with Australia.

Smith has spent more than 17 years with CA in its Australian, Hong Kong, Korean and US offices, and also worked for spending management provider Ariba for five years.

Preston recently left CA to join Oracle in a Wellington-based sales role. While still at CA, his position was changed from country manager to channel sales manager.