Former Leading Solutions marketing director, Garrett MacDonald, has become one of the first of 27 staff to sign on with new company owner, Synergy Plus.
The former marketing manager will now assume the national marketing manager's role across the combined organisation. He admitted many Leading staff were jaded from their previous experience with Synergy (formerly ComputerCorp) during merger discussions between the two companies 18 months ago, and was initially reluctant to take up a role.
“From my own personal point of view, I was like a lot of Leading people after the Leading and ComputerCorp merger failure, and had a sour taste about it, and vice versa,” MacDonald said.
Concerns over whether long-term Leading staff would be able to claim outstanding entitlements – some with up to 40 weeks annual leave – through the Federal Government’s GEERs program or the voluntary administrator, McGrathNicol, if they signed new employee contracts with Synergy, also left many unsure of which way to go, MacDonald told ARN.
“There are a lot of difficult variables involved. A lot of staff were hesitant to sign – if they got a job with someone else, would it effect their prior payments?” he said. “There are a lot of frustrated people out there.
“I decided to speak to Pete [Cappendell, Synergy’s acting CEO] and go in with an open mind. After we spoke, I walked away impressed. There’s a passion for getting the culture right at Synergy, and there are some good people there to help with that.”
MacDonald was looking forward to the new challenge of helping communicate the combined group’s message to the market, along with its growing managed services business.
“The problem is Synergy is trying to execute an enormous project in a really short timeframe. We have to jump on the front foot,” he added.
Cappendell confirmed 27 staff across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, have joined Synergy since its acquisition of Leading from the administrators on November 13. He hoped to have several more on-board shortly.