Vodafone Platinum Partner Olive Communications’ sales director Owen Keenan-Lindsey is leaving the company at the end of the month.
Keenan-Lindsey’s departure comes just one month after Martin Flick, former sales director for Azzurri Communications, joined the company as managing director.
Speaking to Mobile, Flick said Keenan-Lindsey’s departure is not linked to his arrival,insisting he is leaving on amicable terms. He said: ‘Owen was an important part of the business and has done a good job. However, he wants to do something completely different and we support him in that. He will leave at the end of this month and may work on a consultancy basis for us going forward.’
Flick said Keenan-Lindsey was leaving the mobile and fixed line industry to pursue a career in further education and training, adding that the company has ‘no plans at this stage’ to replace him.
Keenan-Lindsey joined Olive Communications in February 2011, taking up the newly created post of sales director. He was previously channel manager for Vodafone distribution at RIM.
His brief was to grow Olive Communication’s existing business and win new business among larger, high-spending companies in the service sectors. His first year at the company saw rapid growth with the company doubling its base of connections and trebling new business numbers.
Keenan-Lindsey leaves as Olive Communications gears up for further aggressive growth following an acquisition drive which saw it buy up several companies last year, including Connections 365, MPC London and Premier.
Flick said the company would consolidate before moving on to make further acquisitions. ‘We will bed in for now and then make a couple of larger strategic acquisitions later this year,’ he added.
The company has 70,000 connections which are largely with Vodafone, with the rest at O2. Olive Communications is also an O2 Centre of Excellence partner. Industry experts are predicting that Flick will build closer ties between Olive Communications and O2, as Flick
had a strong relationship with the operator at Azzurri.
The company is changing its logo and website to present a more corporate image, after moving to new, larger headquarters in High Wycombe. Flick said: ‘We are refreshing our image and that ties in with our move to a new, more corporate location. It is all part of us becoming a much more corporate-facing, professional organisation.’
The company is also looking to boost staff numbers. It is on the hunt for customer service managers and has plans to take on around 15 new staff in the near future, taking the company head count to 75 employees. ‘I expect to continue to grow beyond that as we go forward,’ Flick said, adding: ‘We are looking for smart, bright, enthusiastic people.’
Author: Carol Millett