Ingram announces job cuts

Ingram announces job cuts

Local distribution giant, Ingram Micro Australia, has cut its workforce by about six per cent following the acquisition of Tech Pacific. With the two organisations employing a combined total of about 850 people before the merger, job losses are estimated at 50.

"Nearly half the job losses were from the closure of the Homebush West distribution centre," Ingram Micro managing director, Kerry Baillie, said. "Apart from that it was a few here and a few there across the board due to some overlap of positions and relocation."

Among the most notable departures in the restructure were Rodney Thorne and Greg Boyle. Thorne had been Ingram's Storage, Networking and Security business manager; Boyle was its Storage and Security Software product manager.

Baillie said both left voluntarily and were currently thought to be discussing jobs with vendors.

But he was also keen to point out that others coming from the Ingram side of the merger were taking key jobs within the new entity. These included Chris Price, who will head up its IBM division, and head of OEM products, Danny Kwoh.

The relocation of Ingram Micro's sales and operational staff to the former Tech Pacific headquarters in the Sydney suburb of Rosebery is due to take place on February 28.

Baillie said staff would have a wireless link back to the warehouse at their former site so they could source product from either location. Staff numbers in the state branches of the Commercial Sales division have been increased to accommodate the decentralisation of the Ingram call centre.

"This will significantly increase our regional focus for customers and vendors," Baillie said. "It will mean a Bundaberg reseller talks to our staff in Brisbane; Ballarat talks to Melbourne; and Bunbury talks to Perth."

Now that the restructure is starting to take shape, Baillie said he and his team were looking forward to getting on with the job of selling technology.

"I'm feeling pretty good about how things are working out," he said. "Each of our business units has retained its previous worth and been beefed up with some really good people from Ingram.

"People feel like they have been given a fair go and morale is very positive. We will be a lot better in March than we were in January and I feel like a big weight has been lifted from my shoulders."

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