5/7/2009 11:32:00 AM
Price exit caused by breakdown in relationship with Vodafone business chief
Tanny Price’s exit from Vodafone is understood to have been prompted after ‘irreparable’ damage with Vodafone enterprise director, Peter Kelly.
Kelly is understood to have been frustrated by Price’s actions leading to the acrimonious dispute with Price’s former employer, Avenir Telecom.
No judgment was made of any wrongdoing on the part of Price, with Vodafone and Avenir agreeing to settle amid the allegations just before the case went to court.
However, some of aspects of the allegations focussing on decisions made by Price as she left Avenir are believed to have made Price’s role at Vodafone untenable.
Crucially, her exit from Vodafone appears to have been a result of a breakdown in relations with senior management, and doesn’t appear to have been directly caused by judgments in court.
Vodafone had supported Price’s legal costs amid the dispute.
Price is now understood to be on holiday after a gruelling two months since Avenir first placed an injunction on Price from working at Avenir, following the termination of Avenir’s Vodafone’s account.
Avenir believed Price, formerly MD of Avenir, had prior knowledge that Avenir would lose its Vodafone account before she left the distributor to take the head of distribution role at Vodafone.
Avenir pursued a compensation claim that is understood to have run into over £1m, but it is not known if any sum was finally agreed upon.
Dealers and colleagues expressed deep sympathy for Price, with most believing the allegations were harsh, and her loss would be a shame for Vodafone’s ambitions in the business market.
A spokesman for Vodafone said: ‘Tanny Price has decided to leave Vodafone to spend more time with her family and to pursue other opportunities. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Tanny well in her future endeavours.’
Price couldn’t be reached at the time of publishing.