Ruckus at Rocom

A former general manager of Rocom Wireless, Paul Treacy, is considering legal remedies against the listed company after being dismissed seven weeks into a 12-month contract.

A former general manager of Rocom Wireless, Paul Treacy, is considering legal remedies against the listed company after being dismissed seven weeks into a 12-month contract.

Treacy was New Zealand general manager of Bulletin Wireless, which had bought and renamed New Zealand text messaging company Jungle Drum. The US company, which continues to develop in New Zealand, wanted out of day-to-day support operations and decided to look for a reseller.

“I chose Rocom because it was a listed company,” Treacy says. “I negotiated a contract as general manager of Rocom. My mission was to improve Rocom’s mobile business.

“The objective also was to keep Bulletin as a leading text messaging provider in New Zealand. The deal was a good fit at the time.

“I migrated the customers to Rocom, other than the two biggest, Telecom and Vodafone, then received a fax from the board saying ‘Thanks for successfully migrating the customers — we no longer require your services’.”

Treacy claims Rocom owes him a substantial amount in outstanding fees and expenses.

“After the parting of the ways, I sent an email to the customers saying I’d successfully migrated the business across but that I was no longer with Rocom. I wanted to make the transition as smooth as possible. They’re now using that email against me.”

Rocom recently appointed former Equiticorp boss Allan Hawkins as chairman and chief executive. Hawkins says the issue with Treacy arose before he took over, and referred any comment to former chairman Richard Guy. Guy had not responded to Computerworld by deadline.

Hawkins says his plans for Rocom include making sure the company is funded properly and tightening up the management. Rocom reported an operating loss last year of $1.7 million on revenue of $3.1 million. The company offers a range of mobile software and services.

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