Larsen leaves Ingram, but hints at return
- 09 August, 2007 22:00
Larsen joined the distributor in 1992 in the early days of Tech Pacific and most recently held the roles of marketing director and general manager of the company’s volume business unit.
Although Larsen has officially exited her roles, she will remain at the company for another few weeks to hand over her duties. “I will still be there for the next couple of weeks to make sure the handover is happening smoothly.”
While the decision to leave the company was hard, Larsen says she is looking forward to trying something new. “Fifteen years is a long time. There comes a time when you need to explore other options and directions for yourself.”
Being with the company has been a great adventure, says Larsen. “I’ve had a fantastic journey. We’ve been through high growth times, we’ve done acquisitions, we’ve been acquired several times and through all that time the company continued to grow.”
Larsen plans to spend time working on the lifestyle property her family moved to recently near Kumeu, northwest of Auckland.She also wants to send more time with her two children, aged seven and nine. “One of the reasons we moved to the country was to have a different lifestyle and to spend more time with them.”
However, Larsen does not rule out returning to the industry at some point in the future. “I’ll be back at some stage, but I don’t really have a picture of what that will look like at this stage.”
This was the best time to leave the company, says Larsen, as she feels it is in a strong position under managing director Jay Miley’s leadership.
Miley says Larsen has made a significant contribution to Ingram Micro over the years and will be missed. “Vivienne has played an important part in all aspects of the business – from the company’s formative years as Tech Pacific, through the transition and integration with Ingram Micro, and through the latest integration into business units.”
While saying Larsen has been a key member of the company’s leadership team, Miley made special mention of her role following the merger of Ingram Micro and Tech Pacific. “Viv’s leadership helped the company successfully navigate the many challenges it faced.”
Larsen is not being replaced. Sales director Gary Bigwood will take over as general manager of the volume business unit, while commercial sales channel manager Craig McEwan and enterprise channel sales manager Maarten Van Hattum will join the company’s leadership team.