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    Phil martin resigns as ceo of sasit

    by Ian Hight
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    Current Group COO Matt Roberts to assume leadership role in April

    Phil has announced plans to resign from his role as Group CEO of SASIT, exiting the company effective 31 March 2019.

    Phil will first take some downtime in the form of a “long break” after leaving the company, before assessing his options in the market.Phil commented: “The business is in good hands, I’m also very proud of what we have achieved over the years, and after 15 years involvement have a vested interest in the continued success of the business.”

    During his tenure, staff numbers have grown from 22 to over 60 people, with revenues increasing more than four times.

    Phil joined SASIT  as CEO in May 2004, then a relatively unknown IBM reseller, with a remit of growing a local IT services business. Under Phil’s leadership, the company doubled revenue within the first three years, while weathering the global financial crisis to average close to 15 per cent compound annual growth rate for the past 15 years.

    Today, the business focuses on the development, integration and maintenance of mission-critical IT systems, backed up by technical service capabilities.

    SASIT now provides managed services and consulting to customers worldwide, alongside data centre expansion in Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney and Melbourne.

    From a technology standpoint, the business also operates as one of the largest managed service providers specialising in IBM Power Systems across Australasia.

    The business now has Power Systems, storage, and Intel-based infrastructure in four Australian, and three New Zealand data centres. These systems are also connected to public cloud environments to form the hybrid cloud solutions required by an increasing number of customers.

    In addition, 20 per cent of revenues are now generated outside New Zealand with customers not only in Australia, but also up into Asia.

    Application development was the foundation of the early days of the company, and remains a significant value add, and differentiator in 2019.

    Replacing Phil as Group CEO is Matt Roberts, who joined the business in 2006, rising up through the ranks to assume the Group COO position in 2015.

    During his tenure, Matt has been tasked with implementing strategies, best practice systems and processes, while developing go-to-market plans to promote business growth in New Zealand, and overseas.

    Matt was also responsible for setting up an Indonesian and Cambodian presence in addition to establishing a remote services model and expansion into Australia.

    Phil said the appointment of Matt ensures a “low risk handover with continuity for customers”, while also marking a “natural change” for the business.

    Going forward, SASIT plans to increase focus on public cloud management, analytics, automation and artificial intelligence technologies.

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