Business as usual for SolNet

Customers are unlikely to see dramatic changes in direction following changes at the helm at SolNet, says new managing director Mark Botherway.

Customers are unlikely to see dramatic changes in direction following changes at the helm at SolNet, says new managing director Mark Botherway.

Former MD Murray McNae becomes executive director and chairman. A statement from the company, the Sun Microsystems sales agent for New Zealand, says McNae will be focusing on its expansion into Australia – begun in earnest last November with the purchase of Melbourne-based Lifeboat, a 22-person software company - and other potential new ventures. He will also act as chief executive of SolNet telecomms tools subsidiary Open Cloud.

Botherway, previously general manager of e-commerce infrastructure and application solutions division iSolNet, says the present management team has been in place for five years so he has naturally already had some influence on the company’s progress. Botherway says under his leadership more focus will be placed on application development and support for the products its sells or builds, such as the iPlanet range from the Sun-Netscape alliance, the Actuate report writer, security and “bespoke” products.

Botherway’s background is in systems, and the services delivery, development and iPlanet/e-business components of the business will continue to report directly to him.

John Hanna, currently general manager of SolNet Systems, the Sun hardware and infrastructure side of the business, becomes sales and marketing director. Peter Weaver, currently chief financial officer, becomes finance and operations director, and will have a hand in business development. Botherway, Weaver and Hanna in April bought 51% of the company, in equal lots of 17%, from McNae, who retains the remaining 49% of the company he founded in 1993. Botherway says the share sale is not linked to the management changes.

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