Story image

EXCLUSIVE: Dicker Data waves goodbye to long-serving marketing manager

01 Mar 2018

Dicker Data NZ’s marketing manager Annan Song resigned last week after a total of 10 years, beginning with Express Data and staying on when it was acquired by the major Australian distribution company.

Song has held his current role since Dicker Data first reached its brand into the New Zealand market two years ago.

Prior to that, he was the product and marketing manager at Express Data for two and a half years, had a brief stint in Singapore at CA Technologies, and then returned to Express to take up a similar mantle but with a focus on Microsoft business.

Song's first career was in architecture but in 2008, he decided to change tack.

He began his retraining with a post-graduate degree in Marketing from the University of Auckland, and then picked up a couple of certificates to further his depth of learning from New York’s own Cornell University.

After assisting Dicker Data NZ through the difficult transition phase following the acquisition, Song has made the decision to move on to a new challenge.

“I’d like to thank Annan for his service and support over the last few years and how instrumental he has been in bringing new initiatives to the reseller community," says Dicker Data NZ enterprise general manager Lisa Tierney.

"In particular, the cloud festival that he put together last year in a format that was new for a distributor and which was incredibly successful. I wish Annan all the best for the future and in his new endeavours.”

This week he has spent some hard-earned time at home, working with his son on his side-gig as a garage woodworker.

Song says this has given him some time to unwind, decompress and reflect on what he wants to do next; a decision he is in no rush to make.

Not one to become nostalgic, he adds “I don’t usually dwell on the past; I find it more fun thinking about solving today’s problems and looking forward to tomorrow’s problems.”

However, he makes his appreciation for his time with Express and Dicker clear, particularly the people he worked with.

“The company empowered me to solve different problems in different ways and I was fortunate to meet up with great people and have a great manager in Lou Nunn - I want to say a special thanks to him because he empowers people and provides a safe environment for staff to flourish."

“I got to work with teams who loved to argue and debate over different perspectives, which helped me to build up my thinking and embrace different methods to solve problems for the business.

"I will still be appreciating these experiences and friendships ten years from now.”

Anyone who would like to make contact with Annan Song can send him a message through his LinkedIn profile.

Ingram Micro adds to IoT portfolio with Roambee
Roambee specialises in supply chain, logistics and asset management solutions, adding another layer for the distie’s IoT solutions.
Data center colocation market to hit $90b in next five years
As data center services grow in popularity across enterprises large and small, the colocation market is seeing the benefits in market size.
Acer’s new programme and portal for partners
A simple and manageable programme designed to incentivise, recognise and reward commercial partner achievements.
Interview: Culture and cloud - the battle for cybersecurity
ESET CTO Juraj Malcho talks about the importance of culture in a cybersecurity strategy and the challenges and benefits of a world in the cloud.
Galaxy S10: Apple notch, meet the Samsung ‘punchhole’
With three unique devices, the Galaxy S10 range is engineered to meet the needs of today’s smartphone market.
In ongoing cloud war, Google to acquire data migration specialist
Google is currently behind AWS and Microsoft in the cloud battle, and it would seem this play is an attempt to claw some ground back.
Ping Identity Platform updated with new CX and IT automation
The new versions improve the user and administrative experience, while also aiming to meet enterprise needs to operate quickly and purposefully.
Dumped: Lenovo DCG gives Ingram Micro the cold shoulder
Lenovo Data Centre Group (Lenovo DCG) has left Ingram Micro out in the cold, after dumping them in favour of an exclusive distribution agreement with Dicker Data.