Another Aussie CEO thrown to the dogs

Another Aussie CEO thrown to the dogs

The trend to restructure global IT companies has seen another local CEO's scalp claimed as Tektronix applies its "divisionalisation" model to Australia.

The colour printer vendor's Australian managing director, Brian Currie, will end his 12-year association with the company on August 20, after overseeing the transition to a tripartite divisional structure. The three Tektronix divisions - Printers, Measurement and Video - will report to Asia-Pacific regional bosses instead of via the country head.

But he denies it's bad news for the printer business. "I am not exactly surprised by the restructure," Currie said, but he was clearly angered by reports claiming it was a reflection of the company's performance in Australia. "While video has been a bit flat, measurement and printers have experienced growth, and overall we have exceeded our targets." Commenting on the apparent trend away from country-based CEOs of multinational companies in IT, Currie believes a lot of CEO positions are vulnerable. "The cycle appears to be centralise, regionalise and divisionalise, which puts country managers at risk," he said.

In his time at Tektronix, Currie has seen the company grow its Australian revenues five times, with its printer sales alone representing tens of millions. Ironically, it's the growth that has finally led to Tektronix Australia being pulled into line with the divisional structure base.

Heading up the Colour Printing and Imaging Division (CPID) in Australia is national sales manager David Bates, who reports now to Hong Kong-based Asia-Pacific vice president for CPID, Rob Stewart.

Bates claimed that there would be more, not less, autonomy for his division in Australia under the new structure, not being as constrained by the considerations of the other divisions. "CPID is the largest portion of the Australian business and we are planning on increasing our sales and support numbers by 25 per cent," Bates said.

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