IT industry veteran, David Henderson, is retiring from full-time work.
His official last day with EMC will be December 24, but he will still act as a consultant for its channel business.
"You've got to think about each year with a bit of reflection about what you see behind you and what you see in front of you, and make some decisions," Henderson told ARN. "I've always used this as a bit of time to reflect and this year, it was time, time to do things differently.
"I'm not stopping [working], it's a matter of doing things that aren't driven by finance, ego or status."
Henderson said there were many people and businesses that need mentoring or community members on their board.
"It's a very personal drive as opposed to being driven by a need," he said.
The colourful personality has racked up more than 30 years experience in the IT industry.
"I've been lucky enough to work in the channel. The dynamics of the industry really come from the channel, and being part of that and working with these people has been fantastic," he said. "It's a community of entrepreneurs and people who try to make a difference, create jobs and take risks.
His career began in the 1970s in the marketing department of manufacturing giant, 3M. During that time he worked his way around through a variety of roles in sales, operations and management.
After 15 years at 3M, Henderson joined Toshiba as marketing director in the late 1980s and, after just nine months, was installed as the local general manager. Other familiar faces at Toshiba then included Phil Cameron, Ross Cochrane, Bruce Lakin and Steve Rust.
After a couple of years as managing director of a US-based PC company called AST, which was eventually sold to Samsung, Henderson joined 3Com in an Asia-Pacific and Japan role.
He has also worked for Tech Pacific (now Ingram Micro), Australia’s largest IT distributor at the time, and held a broad role where he was responsible for vendor relationships and buying as well as marketing and communications.
He joined EMC in 2002 as its A/NZ general manager of partner and alliances, and played an instrumental role in developing its relationships with the channel.
Henderson said after eight years at EMC, he has seen it transform into a different place.
"Being part of the change and influence in the culture, is probably the best moment. The times at Toshiba were stunning, I forged a lot of good relationships and friends there," he said.
Henderson reflected being inducted into the 2007 ARN Hall of Fame, as one of the memorable moments of his career.
"To be recognised by your peers in the industry, is pretty special," he said.
In a statement, EMC A/NZ president, David Webster, wished him all the best in his retirement.
“David has made a substantial contribution to the EMC business, instilling a channel ethos within EMC that has been embraced by our people and embedded within the culture of the organisation,” Webster said.
“When David started with EMC eight years ago, it was a different business, with a different approach to engaging our channel partners. David took a long-term view to what was required, developed a five-year strategic business plan, and successfully executed on it.”
“I congratulate him on his success and wish him all the best in his retirement. I look forward to working with him in his new role as consultant to the channel business, and providing ongoing strategy and management direction.”