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New leaders Appointed for gen-i Business Groups

New leaders Appointed for gen-i Infrastructure and Ventures Business Groups

AUCKLAND, Thursday July 13, 2000 – Two key appointments for Internet Integrator gen-i limited (formerly Wang New Zealand) of Stephen Gilbert and Cherry Vanderbeke have been made to lead two major business groups.

Stephen Gilbert has been appointed General Manager for gen-i’s new Infrastructure group. Stephen has been both a customer and a provider of IT services across many industries in the past 20 years. This has provided Stephen with an extensive knowledge of both sides of the IT service relationship and gives him a strategic view of applied IT in real-world business terms.

Focusing on client needs in enterprise enabling platforms, Infrastructure is at the forefront of leading-edge technologies such as thin-client, remote management, active directory, and wireless. It also provides innovation in messaging, security, operating systems and technology design. The group’s capabilities include technology design and implementation, project management, business consultancy, facilities management and remote management.

More recently, Stephen Gilbert was General Manager of Premier Print Services and prior to this, General Manager of Focus Travel - roles in which Stephen utilised IT to leverage business success. Stephen has also held general management roles in IT, Logistics and Sales and Marketing.

Cherry Vanderbeke has been appointed General Manager for the Ventures group. Responsible for the division charged with internet innovation, Cherry will lead the company’s activities in building internet sites, intranets and extranets as well as developing, implementing and supporting a wide range of e-commerce and business applications.
Central to the Ventures group’s success is their strong integration capability in best of breed software and disparate systems to optimise internal operations and external supply chains.

“We are at the forefront of the digital economy, especially in the areas of business to business and business to employee solutions,” says Cherry. “gen-i has proven success by leveraging off the things that it does exceptionally well - we are expert integrators, capable of understanding that there is much more to a successful application than the technology itself. Clients rely on us to make the technology work for their businesses – both strategically and operationally – and that is where we excel.”

Prior to joining gen-i four years ago, Cherry Vanderbeke was a senior management consultant with Coopers & Lybrand, specialising in business process design and organisational change management. She has also held management, technical and senior consulting roles at Unisys and Digital Equipment Corporation.
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About gen-i
 gen-i is the first and largest New Zealand-based e-business Internet integrator, focussing on designing, building, implementing and supporting e-business solutions and systems for large corporate customers.
 gen-i employs more than 400 people at offices in major centres in New Zealand, and extends customer support worldwide – both online and through a network of service partners.
 gen-i has four major areas of focus and expertise: Infrastructure, Ventures, Field Force and Procurement.
 gen-i Infrastructure is geared to providing and supporting all the hardware, software and networks required for today’s e-business – and to achieve that in a number of new ways. For example applications can be delivered and maintained over the web using the ASP model, and a sophisticated web portal allows customers to tailor online services ranging from product selection and purchasing to sophisticated remote management and maintenance technology.
 gen-i Ventures is an Internet innovation operation geared to providing knowledge and experience in a wide range of Internet technologies – the ‘connected intelligence’- which a modern e-business requires to take their business to the web and compete in the digital economy. This includes building e-commerce sites, Intranets, and extranets and implementing and supporting a wide range of e-business and traditional applications.
 gen-i Field Force is New Zealand’s leading technology engineering onsite capability, expertly trained and ready to deploy or maintain the country’s leading technology networks. It has the capability of delivering tailor-made solutions for clients with a range of technology requirements.
 gen-i Procurement provides a fast, easy and cost-effective way to select, purchase, install and maintain office technologies. It will be a reseller of major hardware and software brands including HP, Compaq and Microsoft.
 gen-i limited is a private company, majority owned by Qixel Capital. Prior to its name change in 2000, gen-i traded successfully for more than 20 years as Wang New Zealand.

For further information please contact:
Garth Biggs, Chief Executive, gen-i, tel: +64 9 3064 603, email: garth.biggs@gen-i.co.nz
Nimita Morarji, Botica Conroy & Associates, tel: +64 9 3033 862, email: nimitam@bca.co.nz

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