SupplyNet rejigs management structure

Electronic marketplace SupplyNet will not be replacing former managing director Garry Fissenden or former sales and marketing head Frank Anderson.

Electronic marketplace SupplyNet will not be replacing former managing director Garry Fissenden or former sales and marketing head Frank Anderson.

Instead the company has changed its management structure and appointed Carl Mitchell-Turner operations chief.

Mitchell-Turner was previously strategic marketing manager at the Blue Star Group in Australia, where he led the development and launch of electronic marketplace E-Hub.

Earlier this month Anderson announced he is moving to Sydney to work for storage company Storage Tech. Anderson had been in the job six months.

In April Fissenden resigned as managing director after four-and-a-half months in the position. He has moved to Melbourne to take up a post with ANZ Bank. Fissenden joined SupplyNet in December last year, replacing Carlos Martinez.

SupplyNet has 12 suppliers and claims another 18 are in the pipeline. On both the supplier and buyer side it has drawn heavily on shareholder relationships. Four suppliers are part of the Cullen Group, which with the Advantage Group, is a 5% SupplyNet shareholder.

On the buyer side, it is setting up a portal for the GSB Supplycorp buying community which consists mainly of government agencies and has gone live with a portal for the SME Connection buying group, comprising up to 300 companies. The first SME Connection buyer was Trans Tasman Properties. GSB Supplycorp, SME Connections and Trans Tasman Properties all have shareholders in common with SupplyNet.

SupplyNet is also to begin buying pilots with three companies this month. A pilot with a large, unnamed Auckland corporate did not result in the company joining as a buyer because of strategic decision from its overseas parent.

SupplyNet is 95% owned by Professional Service Brokers, which is owned by National Equity, property investment group Trans Tasman Properties and investment holding company SEA Holdings. National Equity represents the private interests of Charles St Clair Brown and Keith Gosling.

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