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Renaissance co-founder returns to Microsoft

Warwick Grey, who co-founded Renaissance with his brother Trevor in 1989, has left the company for a second time.

Renaissance [NZX:RNS], which has struggled to diversify since losing its exclusive Apple agency, recently warned investors it was facing a "perfect storm," with revenue projected to fall from last year's $145 million to $119 million in the current financial year. Over the past year, the company has cut staff from  367 to 268 in a bid to cut costs and break-even.

Mr Grey had been on his second tour of duty with Renaissance .

After his first stint at the company, he moved on to positions at companies including Microsoft and HP.

In July last year, Mr Grey left a Sydney-based transtasman marketing role with HP to return to Renaissance as chief marketing officer then general manager.

He has now moved back to Microsoft NZ where he will be "overall sales leader and performance manager for the distribution, covering all products within Microsoft's business, including Windows, Windows Phone, Office, Xbox and hardware."

Renaissance has promoted its chief technology officer, Doug Casement - a one-time Computerworld editor - to general manager of distribution following Mr Grey's departure.