Ingram Micro has confirmed redundancies across its national business as part of a company restructure.
According to sources close to the company, a number of redundancies were made in Sydney yesterday across some account management, sales and technical positions. General manager of Solutions Group, Stuart Ellis, has been retrenched, and the group renamed Enterprise Technology Group (ETG). NSW state manager, David Lenz, will now head up the division.
The restructure also includes the formation of a new commercial and sales team, led by former sales director, John Walters.
In a media statement, the distributor said the changes would allow it to be more flexible and responsive to the market. It also planned to add more post-sales customer staff to the team.
Ingram has also realigned its volume business and consumer sales divisions under former products manager, Matt Sanderson. The various HP divisions will be combined into a single group under Sanderson, who will also oversee a dedicated new Microsoft business unit.
Similar cuts are being made to staff numbers in Melbourne today. In a statement, vice-president, Jay Miley, said the total number of positions made redundant was expected to be less than 7 per cent. Ingram has not commented on Ellis’ or other management departures.
“We have a duty to ensure that we’re sensible in aligning our costs and revenues,” Miley said in the statement. “That has certainly meant we’ve had to look hard at where cost savings can be made without impacting on the service we provide to customers. And yes, unfortunately that has meant there will be some job losses as a result of this restructure.
“The restructure allows us to open up a number of new positions to be filled, and provides great career opportunities for people within the business to step up into new and bigger roles.”
One source claimed Ingram was up to 50 per cent under budget in February.
The latest news follows Ingram’s decision to shed 16 staff from its credit department and offshore the positions to Malaysia. It also comes after Ingram’s US division shed 8 per cent of its workforce.