Losing members of staff to a competitor could be seen as something of a slap in the face but Nick Verykios, managing director of LAN Systems, chose to see it as a slap on the back for company training after three of his employees joined Ingram Micro in less than six months.
“It’s very flattering," Verykios said. "We’ve always had a policy of building careers through normal training and exposure to the commercial realities of business.
“It is no secret we have wonderful people and we will keep building them. What I would like to see is a few more companies doing the same thing.”
Verykios claimed he had lost five members of staff during recent months but taken on a further 15 during the same period.
Of those lost to Ingram – account manager Adam Britten who went to look after its HP networking business; Michael Fisher, another account manager who has been charged with building its Storage Networking Security Division in Melbourne; and marketing manager Belinda Burgess – Verykios said they had all recently been promoted by LAN Systems. However, they had left because they were “offered some pretty exciting carrots”.
“There’s no point turning these things into a Dutch auction,” he said. “We wish them all the best and will keep the door open in case they want to come back.
“I did hear a rumour they left because they were unhappy but that simply isn’t true. Try talking to the 15 people we have recruited recently.”
The two account manager positions at LAN Systems will be filled internally. The marketing manager position will be offered externally.
Storage, networking and security business manager for Ingram Micro, Rodney Thorne, said it was not unusual for three members of staff to join a competitor during a six-month period.
“We advertised the roles normally and these people came through the process,” he said. “They were all at a transition point in their career – it is not an attack or anything like that.”