8/11/2010 10:37:00 AM
BT man steps in as Azzurri chief exits
Azzurri Communications chief executive Gordon Matthew has exited the company and will be replaced by BT global services president Mark Quartermaine in September.
The company said the move was part of a strategy to grow the business.
Azzurri Communications manager Dan Roche told Mobile: ‘Mark comes from a very big organization with a £3bn turnover and we want him to bring his sales and marketing expertise to take us to the next stage.’
Asked if Matthew left by choice, Roche said: ‘Gordon stepped down two to three months ago by mutual decision. He is now looking to do other things.’
He added: ‘Gordon’s role was to drive the consolidation of the business which he did a great job on, providing us with a platform to grow on.'
Roche said Azzurri Communications is focusing on organic growth after a concerted period of acquisition between 2000 and 2006, which saw Azzurri take over 16 businesses, followed by a period of consolidation under Matthew’s leadership.
Roche said: ‘We are not necessarily looking to acquire more businesses but we want more organic growth.’
Azzurri has eight offices across England and Scotland.
The company will look to increase its customers. ‘Our key focus is on organic growth and we are well placed to win new customers up scale and down with a strong solution that goes across any vertical market,’ said Roche.
Mark Quartermaine will join the company on 6 September this year. He said: ‘I am looking forward to joining Azzurri, which has an exciting customer proposition and is well positioned to exploit the next wave of technology.’
Azzurri became an O2 strategic partner in January this year.