Harvey Norman’s Slack-Smith gets promoted

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Long time Harvey Norman computer and communications GM John Slack-Smith has moved upstairs to become the retailer’s chief operating officer, effective last week.

Long time Harvey Norman computer and communications GM John Slack-Smith has moved upstairs to become the retailer’s chief operating officer, effective last week.

He will be replaced by right hand man, business manager, computers and communications, Rutland Smith, a former Harvey Norman franchisee and veteran of the Australian IT market. Smith confirmed Slack-Smith's promotion with CRN this week.

Slack-Smith was appointed as computers GM in July 1999. Prior to his appointment, he operated his own business as a Harvey Norman computer franchisee for eight years.

During his tenure, Slack-Smith presided over Harvey Norman’s billion dollar IT business, capturing around 40 percent of Australia’s IT retail market.

Slack-Smith was not available for comment at press time.
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