Artis Group boss Chris Greatrex exits, company appoints Mark Bennett as chief executive

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Artis Group boss Chris Greatrex exits, company appoints Mark Bennett as chief executive
Chris Greatrex and Mark Bennett

Artis Group managing director Chris Greatrex has departed the national IT service provider after more than seven years leading the organisation.

The exit has made way for the company to appoint Mark Bennett in the new role of chief executive of the company. Bennett, who brings some 20 years of experience to the IT industry, said Greatrex’s contribution to Artis had been significant.

“Chris was instrumental in shifting the Artis Group strategy to one highly focused on Microsoft Dynamics and building leading solutions founded on this technology,” Bennett told CRN. “Additionally Chris initiated the development of our highly successful South Australian operation.”

Greatrex has worked in the Aussie IT industry for more than 18 years. Since leaving the Navy in 2000 he has spent time at SMS Management and Technology, Kaz Technology Services, Strategic Computer Solutions (later Sirius Computer Solutions after an acquisition) and landed at Artis Group as managing director in 2011.

Bennett, a New Zealand native, has spent two decades in IT on both sides of the Tasman as well as in the United States. Most recently, Bennett was vice president of services for Asia Pacific and Japan at CA Technologies, the company he joined in 2012 as VP of area services for Australia and New Zealand.

The incoming chief executive said Artis represented a new career opportunity.

“Having spent the last ten years working for large public organisations, I was attracted to the idea of bringing my experience and vision for services into a smaller company where we can run at pace and make a real impact with both our customers and people,” Bennett said.  

Bennett said his immediate plans in the role was to focus on “customers, people and story”.

“Artis has a wonderful foundation on which to build and just needs some focus and investment to accelerate in the market," he said.

"We’re going to double down with Microsoft, recruit some key talent, and get back to fundamentals: true, value-based partnerships with customer-over-commodity activities, backed by a culture of people development and energy, built around a clear Artis story that sets us apart in the spaces that we choose to focus on.”

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