Geac New Zealand general manager Vivienne Gurrey replaces Geraldine McBride as managing director of SAP New Zealand.
McBride moves to the US where she will be SAP vice-president of consumer packaged goods, based in Philadelphia.
During her time at Geac, Gurrey managed fundamental changes to the company’s products and strategies – while at the same time achieving business growth of more than 40%. Gurrey boasts 20 years in the IT industry.
“She has the right mix of business management and change management skills we need as we make the transition to the new world of e-business with mySAP.com,” says McBride.
The appointment also signals a sharper focus on the government market for SAP, McBride says.
The SAP office will be expanded to Wellington, where Gurrey will be based. She will, however, spend an equal amount of time in both Auckland and Wellington.
Gurrey believes being based in Wellington is appropriate for the present stage of SAP’s growth in the New Zealand market.
“Although SAP does have large government customers and a solid track record in government, I believe there is a major opportunity to partner with government more closely in unlocking the potential of e-business. We’re clearly seeing government looking to e-business, and SAP needs to up its game,” she says.
Gurrey came to New Zealand 15 years ago from the UK to fill a variety of roles with IBM New Zealand, including marketing and product management. She left IBM to work for an IBM business partner in Papua New Guinea as general manager of sales and training.
In 1992 she left the IT industry for three years to take up a regional management role with an international business training company, and came back into the industry to take up her former role with Geac.
Gurrey is married with two children, an eight-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter. The family lives on a 25-acre small holding at Pautahanui, outside Wellington, where they breed horses.