James Bannister, former VP of UK and Ireland at Ingram Micro Mobility, is set to join Vodafone Platinum Partner OneCom, Mobile understands
Sources say Bannister is headed for OneCom to take up a key role. Both Bannister and OneCom were unavailable for comment.
Bannister is expected to play a pivotal role in driving growth at the company which was formed in June from the merger of Premier Telecom and Business Phones Direct.
The company is on an aggressive buy and build strategy which has seen acquire lead generation firm Black Sheep Communications since its merger. Further acquisitions are in the pipeline. The company is also set to take on over 100 new staff to drive organic growth.
Bannister left Ingram Micro Mobility this week. His role at Ingram Micro will be taken on by Richard Wills, Ingram Micro Mobility head of sales.
Bannister is a highly respected industry veteran. He joined the company in 2003, when it was known as Hugh Symons Telecom (HST), where he managed sales, purchasing, marketing and customer relations.
In 2008 HST was taken over by US distribution giant Brightpoint. Bannister became the company’s sales director with responsibility for the distributor’s internal and external sales teams. In April 2011 he was promoted to the role of vice president of UK and Ireland, responsible for the day to day running of the business.
In November 2012 IT giant Ingram Micro acquired Brightpoint for £532m. Bannister continued at the company in his role as vice president of UK and Ireland. In February this year the company was rebadged Ingram Micro Mobility.
Bannister’s latest brief at Ingram Micro Mobility was to grow the mobile distribution business through new ventures and by maximizing cross selling opportunities via its parent company Ingram Micro.
Distribution sources said Bannister was a ‘highly respected player’ with a flair for deal making’ and a ‘deep, deep knowledge’ of the distribution industry.’
However some mused that Bannister may have grown restless working in a business that had become part of a large corporate entity. One source said: ‘There isn’t much room for creativity within these large corporate beasts and increasingly distribution companies are being swallowed up by them and that creative flair is in danger of being lost.’
Editor: Carol Millett