Stories by Julia Talevski

No word on replacement for Krieger

McAfee, which acquired Secure Computing last September, says it can't comment on whether it will look to replace former Secure Computing Australia/New Zealand country manager Eric Krieger. McAfee marketing director Alan Bell told Australian Reseller News Krieger had departed before the acquisition was complete and said he could not comment on whether or not it would be looking to replace him. Bell says Secure Computing has been integrated inside McAfee under its network security business unit. “We are maintaining the existing channel and as far as I’m aware there haven’t been any changes to our strategy,” Bell says. Krieger spent eight years with Secure Computing, and says the acquisiton provides an opportunity to take a break and look at a couple of new opportunities.

Saad takes Logitech reins in Australia

Longstanding Logitech Australia boss, Marco Manera, is relocating to Paris to manage the southern European region for the peripherals vendor. Even though he can't speak much French, Manera says it is a good opportunity and time to go back to his own continent. The Italian has been managing Logitech's Australian operations for 10 years. His departure sees George Saad promoted to general manager. He was previously the retail national sales manager, a role filled internally by Annabelle Woods. Saad will initially focus on two major segments of Logitech's business — consumer electronics and mobility. "We are expanding our product line-up into more mobile accessories," he says. "We are really strategising with our customers from a channel and retail perspective to capitalise on the opportunities of that segment." Saad says Logitech will expand its mobility range to include products like notebook bags and USB hubs. "We are growing quickly and need to develop the right infrastructure to handle that growth while redefining and repositioning ourselves. It's a challenge I'm looking forward to."

Toshiba merges AV and IT divisions

Toshiba has announced it will combine its AV and Information Systems divisions (ISD) from April 1. But restrictions will continue to be placed on AV product access to IT resellers.

IDC: Monitor demand fades

An Australian IDC analyst has warned it could be slow year for the PC and branded monitors market unless vendors introduce more technically advanced monitors at cheaper price points.