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Advantage Strengthens Web Division


Advantage Strengthens Web Division To Reflect Growth

Strategic Appointments Leverage Internal Resources

Auckland – 7 July 2000 – Advantage Group Limited (NZSE: ADV) today announced that it has strengthened its senior management team in ADV e-commerce and POS Equipment to support its rapidly growing business in those sectors.
“eServices is the fastest growing sector of the Internet economy,” says Greg Cross, Advantage CEO. “Advantage has growing capabilities in Web consulting, development, integration and implementation services. With the pilot of the ICE 5000 terminal successfully completed we’re set to take the power of the Internet to retailers.”
“Our aim is to scale rapidly in Asia Pacific, which we’ll do through acquisitions, aggressive recruiting campaigns and by developing strategic relationships with international companies. Part of the current e-commerce land grab is the race to attract and secure excellent talent. It’s a reflection of the strength of Advantage’s management team that we’re able to grow our own people into these senior roles within our organisation.”
“We’ve built is a team of very high quality developers, who develop applications that are as good as anywhere in the world. What we must do to keep building a great eServices team is continue attracting smart young people and keep them highly engaged and motivated.
“International research shows that talented web-savvy people look for three things. Firstly the opportunity to participate in the growth of their company through an ESOP (Employee Share Option Programme). Secondly, they seek out flexible, open working conditions with low bureaucracy and thirdly they seek the opportunity to work on the best projects using the latest technologies. These are all things that Advantage can offer in abundance.”
George Hladilo has been appointed General Manager, E-commerce (Auckland), reporting to Mike Stobbs, the newly appointed CEO Web Services.
George joined Advantage in 1999 as Marketing Manager, POS Equipment. After six months in that role, he was appointed General Manager, POS Equipment, and was responsible for developing Advantage’s ICE 5000 strategy and readying it for market.
George has 11 years’ experience in the sale and marketing of advanced information technology solutions. Prior to joining Advantage, he worked for Compaq for nine years in a variety of roles, most recently as Business Marketing Manager of New Zealand’s leading computer brand. He has extensive experience in driving strong customer programmes and working creatively with multiple distribution channels.
Tony Stewart has been appointed General Manager E-commerce (Wellington), reporting to Mike Stobbs. In this role he will support the regional operation and oversee the Wellington Microsoft and Java development teams’ performance. Since joining Advantage he has worked as the Wellington Service Delivery Manager. Tony came to Advantage with Glazier (Wellington), having been a founder and director of that company. As a qualified accountant, he drove Glazier’s finance systems. Before helping to found Glazier he spent eight years with Ernst & Young.
John Tait has been appointed as General Manager, POS Equipment, reporting to Andy Wilkinson. Since joining Advantage as Channel Manager POS and Strategic Alliances, he has championed the Advantage EFT 2000, the integrated EFTPOS solution that links powerful payment software with POS systems.
John’s career is founded on an intimate understanding of the sale and deployment of Point of Sale equipment to commercial and corporate customers. Before joining Advantage, he spent five years with EFTPOS NZ, where he established the Auckland regional division and became Regional Manager. He was also product manager for integrated EFTPOS.
About Advantage Group
Advantage Group Limited, an NZSE listed company, is a leading supplier of e-commerce and transaction processing solutions in New Zealand, Australia and throughout the southern hemisphere. The company has three business units: point-of-sale equipment, retail solutions and business-to-business e-commerce. Advantage provides hardware, software, transaction processing and funds transfer capabilities to enable complete e-commerce solutions.

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