Butler wins top Ingram NZ role

Butler wins top Ingram NZ role

Despite being commended for his success in building a profitable business against strong competition from Tech Pacific NZ, John Dunbar will not head up the new Ingram Micro NZ which now incorporates its former rival.

Employees of the two companies have been told that Tech Pacific NZ's Tony Butler would be managing director of the new combined company with immediate effect.

Dunbar will be director of sales for retail and OEM channels.

The company is yet to comment officially on the appointments, with neither Butler, Dunbar nor regional CEO, Shailendra Gupta, returning calls from Reseller News this week.

The announcement, in the form of an email from the group's Singapore-based Asia-Pacific president Alain Monie and Gupta, did not reveal the fate of other management staff.

It said: "The rest of New Zealand's leadership team will be announced in the coming days. We appreciate your patience and continued focus on customers and vendors during this time of transition."

Dunbar, who launched Ingram Micro's business in New Zealand, was commended for successfully building a profitable business against strong competition from the former Tech Pacific.

The email also said that Butler be responsibile for the New Zealand business and report to Gupta, who was Tech Pacific's CEO before Ingram Micro bought the company for $750 million in September.

The move has fuelled speculation that former Tech Pacific staff would dominate management roles in the new group in the region.

"Tech Pac is running the show and Big Tony [Butler] is making the calls," said one source, who did not wish to be named.

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