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Maclean CEO one of three winners of Ernst & Young award

Maclean CEO named one of three winners of Ernst & Young award

Chris Maclean, CEO of Maclean, has been honoured with a scholarship to the Icehouse Owner Manager Programme.

Auckland, December 9th 2010.

Chris Maclean, CEO of Maclean has recently been recognised as the Upper North Island winner of the inaugural Ernst & Young Icehouse Owner Manager Programme (OMP) Scholarships for 2010.

As winner of the scholarship, Maclean will receive funding towards tuition costs to attend the highly regarded Owner Manager Programme - a 17 day residential programme, hosted by the Icehouse.

“Maclean’s has built a great reputation in its industry over many years. Chris was recently appointed CEO of the company and he is extremely driven and focused on taking the business to the next level – which makes him an ideal candidate to attend our Owner Manager Programme,” says Maria Taylor from The Icehouse.

Chris Maclean joined the company in January 2007 and took over as CEO in April 2009. Under Chris’s leadership, the company has undergone a major transition as it continues to build out its capability with the introduction of major initiatives around emerging technologies and services.

“Chris gave a real sense of wanting to extend his business education and, in his words, 'develop winning thinking' to the benefit of him and the company, “says Darren White from Ernst & Young.

“As a company we have made significant progress in the last twelve months, including refocusing on the provision of IT & Telephony foundations. We’ve, solidified our position as a leader in the mid-market space, and being an outstanding partner for other best of breed IT companies who are experts in areas such as CRM or ERP configuration.” says Maclean.

Maclean says the recognition from Ernst & Young and The Icehouse is a result of a team effort from the entire company. “While it is great to get this personal recognition, it’s really a reflection of the great team we have which has continued to ensure the company has excelled despite the challenging economic times we’ve all been through recently,” says Maclean.

“Our biggest challenge now is finding enough of the right people to take us to a new level. We’ve got some ambitious plans and it’s critical that we have the right calibre of people coming on board to work with our existing team. They have to have both the aptitude and the attitude to work here. We’re introducing a new CFO/CIO role, are recruiting three outstanding Unified Communications engineers and are now on the lookout for more IT Infrastructure engineers capable of delivering projects.”

“Our second biggest challenge is ensuring we stay absolutely relevant to the market as the IT landscape changes. I’m looking forward to taking advantage of this programme to help me in planning the next step change of growth and evolution of the company.”

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