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Volante MD quietly steps aside

Volante MD quietly steps aside

Listed reseller Volante announced to the ASX last week its MD Wayne Morris has resigned. A Volante spokesperson said Morris' exit was due to "personal and family reasons".

Morris was at the helm of Volante when it listed on the ASX in December with an estimated market capitalisation of $61 million. The offer raised $30 million and contributed to the company's expansion through acquisitions as well as developing product lines and services.

One of Australia's leading resellers, the company is taking a business as usual approach, with former CFO Simon Duncan standing in as acting MD until a new head is announced. Both internal and external candidates are being considered and the appointment is expected to be resolved within the next couple of months.

Volante's general manager, Hugh Bickerstaff, says that Volante is "a stable organisation in terms of senior management," and Morris' resignation will not affect the overall goal to expand its e-commerce offerings, procurement and solutions.

Volante's Customer Connect system, which gives customers access to product information, pricing and availability, as well as allowing them to order online, has won the company lucrative partnerships with the likes of IBM, Compaq, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Novell, Citrix, Cisco, 3Com, Nortel/Bay and Sun Microsystems.

The company is currently holding a stable market value of $40 million and has a turnover of $220 million a year.


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