Stevens makes Logical move to UK

Stevens makes Logical move to UK

One of the channel's most dominant figures, Laurie Stevens, is packing his bags and moving to London after accepting a promotion to head up Logical's largest operation worldwide.

Stevens will leave his current post as CEO, Logical Networks Australia (formerly Anite Networks), to start work as CEO of Logical UK from December 1, 1999.

"The business here is about three times the size of the Australian operation," he said, speaking from London where he was in talks with the company.

Stevens told ARN he was offered the opportunity after he impressed senior company executives earlier in the year during a presentation he gave in London.

"I really would have liked another year to complete the projects we are working on [in Australia], but this opportunity came up; it was too good," he said.

Steven's move has left a hole in Logical Network's management team, with Lyle Potgeiter, Logical's Australasian CEO -- and Stevens' former direct report -- currently looking for a new CEO.

The move is an indication that the dust has all but settled after Datatec acquired Anite Networks in June this year, which saw the new business fall under the management of its Logical brand.

Stevens said his move to the UK would not change the existing management structure. A senior Logical Networks employee is currently acting as CEO until a replacement is found.

Stevens said the new Australian CEO must continue to pursue the company's aggressive growth targets and develop its core competencies in network integration, and in particular, the services side of the business.

According to Potgeiter, Stevens did a good job in Australia. "The dust has settled [since the Anite acquisition] and everyone has to get down to business now."

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