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Aastra Australian MD out as Mitel 'merger' takes hold

Aastra Australian MD out as Mitel 'merger' takes hold

Tony Warhurst has stepped down, the first casualty of the takeover

Aastra's Australian managing director, Tony Warhurst, has stepped down in the face of Mitel's management takeover of the APAC region.

A spokesperson for Aastra told ARN that Warhurst is no longer with the company, and is on holiday leave. He was unavailable for comment at the time of print.

The spokesperson said he will be working with a new technology company, and will have no further role with Mitel.

Mitel's ANZ managing director, Frank Skiffington, has now taken over day-to-day operations of Aastra's assets as the company is folded into Mitel.

ARN understood that the process in the local market was expected to take as long as a year, but has been accelerated in the wake of the merger/takeover which was finalised yesterday. Mitel announced its merger/takeover before Christmas.

Aastra branding has already been removed from company emails, and will roll out progressively across the company's assets. Channel partners will not be affected.

Aastra/Mitel company will continue to operate out of the company's two offices for the time being. No further staffing cuts to Aastra's Australian operations have been announced, and the spokesperson would not be drawn on any further cuts or changes, as the situation remains in flux.

Warhurst had been the ANZ Aastra managing director since October 2010, and had widely been regarded as returning Aastra to relevance in the Australian channel.

Allan Swann is a Senior Editor at IDG Communications Australia. Follow Allan on Twitter @allanswann, and at Google+.

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