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Certus Growth Leads to New Management Structure

Certus Consulting Growth Leads to New Management Structure

National operational model with three General Managers offers more responsive client service framework

AUCKLAND, 11 November 2003 - Certus Consulting, an IBM Premier Partner for Software, and New Zealand's fastest growing IT consulting and implementation company, today announced a new national organisational structure. The move from a regional to national operational model recognises the company's significant expansion during the last 12 months, including revenue growth of more than 40% and a 100% increase in staff numbers.

According to Greg Woolley, Managing Director of Certus Consulting, the changes allow Certus Consulting to be more responsive to clients' needs as the company continues to expand in line with its strategic business goals.

"It has become clear that the regional model with General Managers in Auckland and Wellington, even though it has served us well to date, will not be optimal as we continue to grow. The changes enable us to maximise our position as an IBM business partner, as well as offer a client service framework that will to deliver end-to-end service across software, hardware and infrastructure. No jobs will be lost," he says.

Former Wellington General Manager, Penny White, has been appointed General Manager - Services and Operations. In this role she will assume responsibility for the management and administration of 'core' Certus Consulting business. Ms White will split her time equally between Auckland and Wellington. Delivery Managers have formally been appointed in both Auckland and Wellington offices to assist her in the delivery areas.

Auckland General Manager, Glenn Myers, will assume a newly created national role of General Manager - Business Consulting. Mr Myers will establish a team of consultants to develop and deliver strategic business projects. The position reflects the increasing demand for specialised consulting services and utilises Mr Myers expertise in strategic planning, information systems selection, and project management.

Based in Wellington, Mr Steve Barnard has been appointed National Sales Manager with two new Account Directors; Gavin Stone in Auckland, and Gary Martini in the recently established Christchurch office.

Tim Charman will continue in the recently created role of General Manager - Infrastructure Services. Major initiatives in this area include developing capabilities for a disaster recovery and hosting facility, as well as customer procurement services.

"Certus Consulting has established a solid base to build upon. Moving forward, we will continue to increase the revenue, capabilities and headcount of the company," says Mr Woolley.

About Certus Consulting

Established in 1998, Certus Consulting is an IT consulting and technology implementation company with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. In May 2003, Certus Consulting merged with Datec New Zealand, a subsidiary of Datec Group Ltd, to form the largest company in New Zealand that focuses exclusively on the provision of IBM services and solutions in both software and hardware.

Certified in a number of IBM products including DB2, WebSphere, Tivoli and Lotus, the company is one of only two IBM Premier Partners for Software in New Zealand. These products are backed by IBM Storage solutions, PC's and servers, including X Series, P Series, and I Series.

A leading vendor of IBM software in New Zealand, Certus Consulting was one of only thirty worldwide Business Partners that received recognition at the 2003 IBM Partnerworld conference in New Orleans for exceeding sales targets.

Certus Consulting has extensive experience in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, insurance, energy and utilities, finance, retail and government. Clients include AMP, Alstom New Zealand, Farmers, BNZ, New Zealand Milk, NZMP, Westpac, W Stevenson & Sons, Sky City, Waste Management NZ, Tranz Rail, State Services Commission and the Department of Internal Affairs.

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