By James Wells

MELBOURNE: Teac Australia has today announced its new management team as a fully owned subsidiary of Teac Corporation in Japan.

Last year creditors of Teac Australia voted in favour of allowing the company to trade and become a subsidiary of Teac Corporation in Japan.

The new Australian management team is led by chief executive officer, Mr Shigefumi Nakamura, who will continue in his role as board director of Teac Corporation Japan, which he has held since 1996.

Reporting directly to Mr Nakamura is recently appointed chief operating officer, Bernhard Kotarski. Kotarski was previously general manager – sales and marketing for Hitachi in Sydney.

Peter Burnham has been appointed new product development manager. Burnham has held similar roles at Castel Electronics and Pioneer Electronics Australia over the last 15 years and has returned to Teac Australia after a short absence from the company.

In the new company structure, Teac Australia has appointed Warren Allison as national sales manager, effective 1 March 2006.
“Warren has worked for Teac Australia for 10 years and commenced his employment as an account manager and was promoted to national account manager in 2003. Warren replaces Darren Adams who will remain with the company after returning to his home state of South Australia. Adams will run the South Australian state office in Adelaide,” Kotarski said.

Jason Carrick was appointed Teac national account manager late last month after working with the company for almost three years as Victorian account manager. Carrick replaces Warren Allison and has previous experience in the field of credit at Mayne Logistic and Linfox Armaguard.

TEAC appointed John Sibbald as New South Wales state sales manager in February, replacing Kylieanne Thorne, who left the organisation late last year.

“After an 18 year tenure with Hitachi Australia Ltd. John brings to Teac a wealth of experience in the electrical retail and consumer electronics sectors,” Kotarski said.

Late last month, Teac appointed Regan Zampogna as Victorian state sales manager, replacing Adrian Barker who left the company last month.
"With four years experience as an Account Manager with Teac Australia.  Prior to his time at TEAC, Regan was employed by the Good Guys for a number of years,” Kotarksi said.

Late last year, Teac has appointed Frank Pittito as national service manager.
“Frank commenced employment with Teac in 1994 as a spare parts clerk and after gaining wider experience in spare parts distribution for several years, he returned to Teac in 2002 as national spare parts manager,” said Kotarski.

“Besides Peter Burnham and John Sibbald, all of these appointments are up and coming enthusiastic internal staff from within Teac Australia. I am looking to encourage this culture by building a team to take this company into the future,” Kotarski said today.