NetApp cans NZ country manager post

New local structure will see more use of Australian personnel in New Zealand, says NetApp executive

Storage vendor Network Appliance has abolished its local country manager position and Garry Collings, who held the role, left the company last month.

At a media launch for a new Network Appliance product line last week, company representatives did not mention Collings’ departure until prompted by Computerworld.

Scott Morris, Network Appliance’s Australia-New Zealand director of partner and public sector sales, says the new local structure will see an increased sales presence in Auckland and Wellington and more use of Australian personnel in New Zealand.

Collings joined NetApp in October 2005 after being group general manager of IT at Toll NZ. He declined to comment on his departure and is currently doing contract work.

At the time of his appointment, he said NetApp decided to appoint a New Zealand GM after realising that effectively running the local operation from Australia “was no longer practical”. Network Appliance opened a Wellington office in June, citing the large number of clients in the capital, including Weta Digital, as the reason. The company launched its FAS2000 line in the Asia-Pacific region this month.

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