Macromedia lose channel champion

Macromedia lose channel champion

The former Macromedia country manager, John Paull has left the company dissatisfied with his current position which he has held since being overlooked for the head job when the software tools company merged with Allaire late last year.

A veteran of several IT companies including Apple, Autodesk, Oracle and Toshiba, Paull has split the company to seek other opportunities. Earlier this year, Paull returned from a vacation after the merger was announced to find his role was to be handed off to Allaire's country manager John Treloar while he was offered the position of channel sales manager.

A disappointed Paull had previously told ARN that he had known Allaire's Australian country manager (Treloar) for over 15 years. Treloar had previously run the education product division at Microsoft, while Paull had the same role at Apple. He was thus confident the two would enjoy working together.

But several months later, Paull lost confidence in the re-organsition and, according to Treloar, "agreed to leave Macromedia."

"John [Paull] hasn't been absolutely happy with his position since the merger," said Treloar. "While I can't disclose the details of the arrangement, John is leaving and he is happy with what we have agreed on."

Treloar is confident Paull will be a sought after man in the IT industry following his departure. "I am sure he will stay in the IT industry," he said. "His knowledge and skills are great - he just wasn't totally over the moon with the role he had. But he is a confident person and he's been in the industry since the early eighties."

Paull is not the only Macromedia staff member displaced by the merger. In April, Macromedia handed pink slips to 10 per cent of its administrative staff on a worldwide basis, where roles were doubling up. One of Allaire's Australian consultants, Jason Simont, was demoted to a regional product support role as a result of the merger, after previously working in an evangelistic role for Allaire's server products. He has left the company in unison with Paull.

To fill the important role of channel sales manager, Treloar said Macromedia's alliance manager Chris Wood will take over responsibility for the vendor's relationship with newly appointed distributor Express Data while he will retain his focus on the education sector through distributors Firmware and Scholastic.

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