2/13/2009 9:39:00 AM
Directors Henchoz and Cutler exit 20:20 Mobile
Two senior sales directors at 20:20 Mobile have left the distributor amid the continuing restructure and cost cutting.
20:20’s sales director, Phil Henchoz, will leave alongside its director for virtual networks, Andy Cutler.
Henchoz was drafted in from Virgin Mobile over a year ago, following the departure of Richard Baxendale to rival Brightstar.
Meanwhile, Andy Cutler carried responsibility for the distributor’s flagship accounts, Virgin, Tesco and Asda, upon which 20:20 prides itself. Cutler had been with 20:20 for a similar amount of time as Henchoz.
Both roles are unlikely to see replacements and are expected to be covered by existing staff.
The departures of Henchoz and Cutler are the latest cuts, following the removal of over 60 more junior staff across the business in January, as well as the departure of marketing director Graham Ellerton, sales director for the former Dextra business Richard Parry and the product and marketing director for Dextra, Neil Henderson, in August 2008.
A phase of voluntary redundancy followed, as CEO Meinie Oldersma sought to integrate both Dextra and 20:20 and find a leaning group structure.
The new UK structure has James Browning as the sole UK managing director after his former partner Trevor Price took on the managing director role of 20:20’s Dubai operation last year.
Browning has Martin O’Grady, head of operations, logistics and HR, reporting into him, along with Andy White, the UK finance head and Andy Peat, head of purchasing and marketing.
A number of sales chiefs will now report into Browning: Matt Child (networks), Steve Sanghera (dealers), John Miller (insurance) and Nick Ryan (international fulfilment). They will cover the remit previously taken by Cutler and Henchoz.
20:20 managing director James Browning thanked both Cutler and Henchoz this week, adding: ‘These departures from the business are simply a recognition that there are synergies we can and should make to ensure our business is as lean, efficient and “joined-up” as it needs to be in the current economic climate.’
Browning also said: ‘We made major organisational changes last autumn when we consolidated our three UK businesses into one, and this review is the logical extension of that process.’