Oracle New Zealand managing director Leigh Warren is to take up a post elsewhere in the database giant’s Asia-Pacific division.
Warren could not say any more about the position by Computerworld press time, as “there are still i’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed”. He will, however, remain on the Oracle NZ board.
The departure is a combination of a new business challenge and consideration of family and friends, Warren says. “With a young family the time is right for us to experience new personal and professional challenges.”
His replacement as New Zealand manager is Robert Gosling, national sales director since 1999. Gosling has been with Oracle for more than 12 years and a member of the senior management team for the past five years. Gosling says he does not see his move into the top position bringing any great change in Oracle NZ.
“We developed a strategy for the company jointly,” he says, “and I will execute on that strategy.”
There is no real significance to the change of emphasis in the title, he says. Gosling will head the board, “but ‘country manager’ is what all the announcement material will say.”
The official handover date is July 15, “but essentially Leigh will be leaving us on July 1”, Gosling says.
Warren has led Oracle NZ for two years, having moved to New Zealand from a position as country manager of Oracle South Africa.
“There is no question that nobody knows more about Oracle and the New Zealand market than Robert [Gosling],” says Warren. “His insight into the New Zealand business and government sectors has been instrumental in helping us lead the company to where it is today.”