Private consortium acquires Southern Cross Computer Systems

Private consortium acquires Southern Cross Computer Systems

John Hanna and Matt McGuire take on top roles as Mark Kalmus and Chris Palmer stay in the business

Southern Cross Computer Systems directors Chris Palmer and Mark Kalmus with their wives.

Southern Cross Computer Systems directors Chris Palmer and Mark Kalmus with their wives.

Melbourne-based Southern Cross Computer Systems (SCCS) has seen a majority stake of its business acquired by a private consortium led by John Hanna and Matt McGuire.

As a result, Hanna will take on the managing director position while McGuire will take the role as COO.

Mark Kalmus and Chris Palmer will continue as executive directors and minority shareholders. The pair initially bought SCCS in 2007 from its founders Joan and Andy Hegedus.

SCCS was established in 1981 and has about 102 staff on its books. The company provides a range of information and communication technology services such as IT procurement, IT roll-out and operational support services.

The business maintains more than 196 customers across a range of industries and the acquisition aims to strengthen its current set of capabilities stretching across consulting, planning, designing and implementation, through to cloud and managed services.

“We believe that our combined experience, pedigree and shared vision to extend SCCS’ existing business into one of Australia’s leading end-to-end IT and managed services providers, makes this the perfect marriage for our customers,” Hanna said in a statement.

“With our deep partner network, we will continue to deliver solutions we are renowned for, while building new customer-centric offerings to help our customers solve their business challenges.”

Prior to taking part in SCCS, Hanna held senior roles at IBM and was the director of cloud and managed services at Interactive.

McGuire’s 27-year career boasts a number of leadership roles with companies such as Ajilon, IBM, CSC and AAPT.

Earlier this year, WA-based Stott Hoare, purchased SCCS’ Perth business. At the time, Stott Hoare managing director, Jim Loader, said both companies had strong brands, businesses and certifications in products from VMware, Lenovo, IBM, HP, Pure Storage, Cisco, Dell and Microsoft.

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