Stadus leaves Toshiba for rainforest retreat

Stadus leaves Toshiba for rainforest retreat

There’s soon to be a new face at the helm of Toshiba Australia following the resignation of Ralph Stadus from his post as general manager of its Information Systems Division (ISD).

Stadus will be replaced by Mark Whittard, currently Toshiba’s marketing and retail business manager. Whittard will take over on May 1.

After three years heading up ISD for Toshiba, Stadus said he is now set to focus on his personal investments, including property development. He will continue to consult for Toshiba, he added.

“I only decided to resign a couple of weeks ago,” said Stadus. With his 50th birthday approaching, he was keen to move away from a hands-on operational role.

“The PC business runs really fast. The challenge is you work about 50 to 60 hours per week, and it’s hard to avoid that.”

Stadus is an industry veteran whose three years at the Toshiba helm was proceeded by stints at Dell Computer and Digital Equipment Corporation.

He will remain attached to Toshiba in a high-level consulting capacity, working on executive coaching, strategy and business re-engineering. He expected to spend one week a month at Toshiba.

Stadus said the new arrangement will give him time to turn his attention to his 100-acre property at Berry in regional NSW. The property includes 65 acres of sub-tropical rainforest, he said.

Speaking of his successor, Stadus said Whittard had been a key member of Toshiba’s management team. Whittard has been with Toshiba for five years. The company had not yet decided on a replacement for Whittard and might split the role up, Stadus said.

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