Artec CEO leaves to explore Australia

African company Artec Computer Systems has announced that its CEO, Andrew Tucker, has relocated to Australia, in order to explore growing business opportunities.

Artec MD, Patrick Maddox, says Tucker has played a pivotal role in the development of the company, initially as MD and then as CEO. "Tucker has invested his passion in Artec since day one. He regularly challenges technology's role in business environments, a quality that has propelled the business to its present position," he adds.

Despite the move, Tucker retains the position of CEO of Artec; his personal investment in, and commitment to, the company remains unchanged. "I am certainly not leaving the company, but rather exploiting current and emerging business opportunities in Australia," he says.

In the last year, Tucker says Artec has recorded growth of over 40 percent, and is set to continue along this path with strong vendor and partner relationships -- notably with Microsoft -- as well as a loyal customer base.

In reaction to concerns over the loss of his presence in the SA (South Africa) company, Tucker notes that a company is successful mainly because of its people, and not just because of one individual. "All that has been accomplished at Artec has been a team effort. Our team is highly qualified, our methodology successful and our customers happy. That is not going to change, despite my move to a different country."

Tucker has been researching the international technology market for the past four years, concentrating on the Australian market. "The Australian market is very similar to the local conditions in many ways.

"Our 'business first, technology last' methodology, which has been successful locally, has been relatively untested in that market, and research indicates that the model will be well accepted there," he says.

In 1999, Artec refused to indiscriminately upgrade customers' technology environments to protect against possible Y2K failures. The company underwrote the environments and guaranteed reimbursement for any failures. Its money was safe as not one environment went down -- and its customers have been loyal ever since.

Artec has seen enormous growth since inception, boasting offices in three regions throughout SA, and points of service across the country. Maddox notes that the company is also expanding northwards by implementing solutions and supporting several initiatives for companies in neighboring African countries eager to capitalize on its considerable expertise. Its head office has also moved to larger premises in Hurlingham Office Park, Sandton.

Maddox says that there are many developments underway at the company: "Growth is always welcomed, but, if not managed properly, it can also be self-defeating. We are approaching every new opportunity with care to ensure the right steps are taken. With Tucker moving to Australia, we are confident of continuing the growth path, while managing existing clients and obligations very closely."

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