Intel New Zealand managing director Scott Gilmour is leaving the company and will not be replaced. The three Intel New Zealand sales staff will report directly to Australia.
The move comes as the Portland, Oregon-based company is reducing the number of staff worldwide by 5000 through attrition.
Gilmour, who started up the New Zealand subsidiary in 1995 and has been with the company for 12 years, says Intel’s staff reduction is not the reason for his leaving. He says the fact that he won’t be replaced is a matter of timing.
Gilmour will start his own business, probably as a sole trader, advising IT start-ups. “I’m looking at directorships or mentoring. I will probably take equity instead of cash. I want to be a patient, long-term partner.” He says he has had offers to join a number of venture capital firms but would rather be independent.
He has worked with Unitec’s high-tech incubator, is a director of Auckland-based graphics software developer Right Hemisphere and is on the board of a company in Portland, Oregon called ABC Technology. He started ABC, which has a turnover of $US30 million and produces activity-based costing software, after doing his MBA degree in the US.
Gilmour leaves Intel on April 13.
The Intel New Zealand sales staff will move office from the North Shore to join the company’s Dialogics development team in the city.