New Renaissance CEO named

Successor to Paul Johnston appointed

Renaissance has appointed a new chief executive to replace Paul Johnston, who resigned last year after the Apple reseller and IT education provider posted worse-than-expected results.

Johnston’s successor is Richard Webb, a former chief executive of global industrial automation specialist Citect and ex-CEO of Australian web analytics and market intelligence provider Red Sheriff.

After leaving Citect in 2006, Webb founded Red Ocean, an Australian incubator for start-ups.

Webb will relocate to Auckland from Sydney this month, and is already effectively in the CEO role, following the departure of Paul Johnston on December 31. Johnston resigned in October but stayed on until the end of last year to assist with the transition to the new CEO.

Renaissance has also appointed Murray John Wood to its board. Wood is the founder of Magnum Mac, which Renaissance acquired in 2007, and was also a substantial shareholder in Natcoll, which was also bought by Renaissance that year.

There was keen interest in the CEO role after Johnston announced his resignation. Renaissance executive divisional manager Mark Dasent told Reseller News last year that there had been 180 applications for the job.

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