Dataflow reveals new boss, new plans

Dataflow reveals new boss, new plans

Turmoil-plagued Dataflow has again overhauled its senior management structure in what sources close to the company say is in preparation for big things from the Sydney-based retail specialist software distributor.

Executive chairman Jeffrey Tobias has once again taken the reins as managing director. This follows the resignation of the previous managing director, Michael Touma, and the recent appointment of Tony Gattari as a consultant to the company.

In a prepared statement, Tobias cited "differences about company direction" as the reason for Touma's departure, but added that Touma would remain at the company until Christmas to complete some business initiatives.

Touma himself told ARN that his departure from Dataflow, after only 11 months, was amicable, and that sometimes it just happens like that. It is understood he has not made any decisions about his next position, but is interested in continuing in the IT channel.

And Gattari, who recently joined Dataflow, said he would be playing a more active role in the sales and marketing areas of the business. "Dataflow is going to be a much more proactive organisation, and we're going out there to hustle," Gattari said. "With a new warehouse and new IT system, Dataflow is committed to IT distribution and has to raise its revenues to around the $200 million mark. I am delighted to be involved in the sales and marketing area."

He suggested that the company will be looking at more than its traditional markets, not just retail, but "business that makes sense".

Tobias added that Dataflow has been going through "quite a period of change of late". The company has just implemented a new tier-one IT system (OneWorld from JDEdwards), moved offices and warehouses from Artarmon to Lane Cove in Sydney's north, and signed three new distribution agreements with Philips Speech Products, Corel and Lucas Learning.

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