Brightstar’s Christina Meade quit the company this week, leaving her post as European business development director after just two months in the
Meade was previously Brightstar’s UK MD since it started its operations here in April this year.
Her departure comes as Brightstar confirmed it had snatched Michael Muller from Danish distributor Dangaard to fill the new role of MD for Germany and the Nordic region.
Muller has experience in running both regions for his previous employer. He has been drafted in to lead Brightstar’s offensive in what look set to be keenly fought territories of northern Europe.
Many had predicted that the highly rated Meade, a former T-Mobile sales director, would not be a natural fit at Brightstar. She was also seen as a stopgap for European chief Rod Millar and UK MD Richard Baxendale, both of whom were waiting to complete their garden leave from previous employer 20:20 before taking the reins.
Millar has been allowed to work in the UK since the end of September, while Baxendale started this week after a messy court battle with 20:20.
Meade said: ‘I was brought in as an interim. My brief was to recruit a team, build relations with networks and vendors, and that was on the back of 18 years’ experience in telecoms. I learnt a great deal from my time with Brightstar.’
Meade is currently finalising two assignments for telecoms companies, one of which is based in the UK.
Separately, Phil Sambrook has also left his post as head of dealer sales at Brightstar. He joined from Carphone Warehouse’s Mobile Phone Express earlier this year.Millar said: ‘We wish both Christina and Phil every success in the future.’