4/27/2006 12:00:00 AM
Dial-A-Phone boss walks
Dial-A-Phone MD Andy Brown has parted company with the online giant after over seven years at the helm.
It was not clear what prompted Brown’s exit last week, but several sources close to the matter said it was a difference in opinion on strategy between Brown and the company’s joint owners, Richard Frank and Jonathan Beck. A source said: ‘The guys left running it want to get closer to the networks. Andy had different plans for the business.’
Dial-A-Phone has been under the spotlight after amassing huge connection numbers in the face of operator concern over the quality of its customers. T-Mobile temporarily fell out with Dial-A-Phone two years ago and Vodafone pulled its offers with the company late last year.
Brown, who was previously an executive at Caudwell-owned service provider Singlepoint, steered the company through a massive growth period; it eclipsed high street giants Phones 4u and The Link at several points in recent years, despite not having any high street stores.
Neither Dial-A-Phone nor Andy Brown would comment.