Lexel succession puts son in driver's seat
Noel Simpson appointed CEO; founder Chris Simpson becomes executive chairman
Auckland, 18 June 2009 - Lexel Systems (formerly Computer Brokers) founder Chris Simpson has been succeeded by son Noel Simpson, who has been appointed CEO.
Noel assumes overall day-to-day management of the New Zealand owned IT infrastructure solutions provider his father Chris founded in 1987.
In his new executive chairman role Chris will provide planning and governance oversight, and selected customer, vendor and project activity. Noel joined the business in 1992 and most recently held the position of general manager.
Chris says the changeover is part of an expansion strategy, which will also see the near future appointment of independent directors to help achieve a $50 million revenue goal by 2012.
"Noel's promotion to CEO is mostly about recognising the gradual change of leadership that has occurred over the last seven years, rather than any radical shift," Chris says.
Noel will work closely with Lexel's management team, including national services manager Geoff Trask, financial controller Chris Lambourne, and a soon-to-be appointed national sales manager.
Chris Simpson founded Computer Brokers in 1987. Last year it was renamed Lexel Systems, reflecting a reorganisation of the company’s product and consulting-based capabilities, and a growing IT services business, which now contributes close to 30 percent of Lexel Systems' $30-plus million revenues.