One of Australia's best known IT retail executives resigned yesterday from the position he has held for nine years after conceding he feels "jaded" and is "looking for a new challenge".
Tony Gattari, Harvey Norman's general manager computers and communications, has overseen the growth of the retailer's computers and communications operations from $12 million in 1990 to its current annual turnover of $520 million.
"I have been finding it harder and harder to motivate myself, so I have resigned to look for new challenges," Gattari said. "I would like to stay in IT but am not really all that interested in working for another national retailer.
That to me would not be a new challenge which is what this decision is all about."
Gattari said his resignation, announced to senior management yesterday, takes effect from "the end of July" and that Harvey Norman would be looking to replace him through internal promotion.
After a debriefing and handover period the new incumbent will be charged with taking control of day-to-day management of the computers and communications division's 300-plus suppliers, 87 franchisees and over 1200 employees.
However Gattari is not burning any bridges just yet and suggested there is even a chance he may emerge in another role within the Harvey Norman infrastructure.
He said that at this stage he has only resigned from his position as general manager of the computers and communications group, and is yet to secure another job.
"The decision was not an easy one. I have been very dedicated to my work and the company wants me to stay but there comes a time when you just need to start a fresh page," Gattari said.