Dataflow's recent staff restructuring and relocation disruptions took a new twist this week with the announcement of a new chief operating officer, former Philips long-timer Malcolm McKinley.
Since the resignation of former managing director Michael Touma late last year and a relocation to new premises, the software and peripherals distributor's CEO and founder Jeffrey Tobias has had his hands full.
"Both the board and I thought we may have lost some ground last year," said Tobias. "Perhaps some of our resellers were feeling the same.
"There is no doubt that to continue growing the business, we needed strong management and this appointment has certainly bolstered Dataflow in that area."
According to Tobias, creating this new position should allow him to concentrate further on overall strategies.
In a long career with Philips, McKinley worked his way from the design floor in the company's New Zealand operations to the general manager's role of Philips Components in Sydney. Though Dataflow is new to him, he is not totally foreign to distribution, Tobias said.
"He came to us highly recommended and will be working closely with me on a number of new and existing initiatives," Tobias added.
According to a Dataflow press statement: "McKinley will be responsible for the global management of Dataflow's business. This will encompass all aspects from sales and marketing through to distribution and finance. Jeffrey Tobias will remain in the role of managing director/executive chairman."