John Doughty, Brightstar 20:20 head of distribution in Europe, is leaving the company, Mobile has learnt.
The surprise departure comes just days after Brightstar 20:20's formal launch.
Doughty joined Brightstar in July 2013, leaving his role as accessories business development manager at Exertis Micro-P to take up the role of head of distribution. Doughty played a key part in Brightstar's acquisition of 20:20 Mobile in February this year by US parent company Brightstar Corp.
Doughty told Mobile: 'It's been a great experience being part of the Brightstar family for a second time, and being involved in such a great project as the acquisition and integration of a business with the heritage and capabilities of 20:20 mobile, I wish Jim and the whole team all the best for the future with the new Brightstar 20:20, and look forward to my next challenge.'
Talking of Doughty's departure, an industry source said: 'He was a key part of the due dilligance and integrated process. Now the business is fully up and running it seems it's time to move on.'
Doughty's departure follows that of account director Simon Johnson and Brightstar 20:20 account manager Ross Dedman who quit the company to return to their former roles at Exertis Micro-P this month.
Johnson and Dedman’s departures come less than three months after they joined Brightstar 20:20. Both joined the distributor during its major recruitment drive ahead of the creation of Brightstar 20:20, following the purchase of 20:20 Mobile by US distribution giant Brightstar Corp.
Johnson was Exertis Micro-P’s retail account manager for the grocer channel. His departure from Exertis Micro-P was seen at the time as a major coup for Brightstar 20:20 because of his experience working with major supermarket clients, including Tesco.
Brightstar 20:20 declined to comment on the departures. However sources said there was a clash of cultures. One said: ‘Brightstar 20:20 is a new company and as with any launch it takes a lot of hard work. It is not an established company like Micro-P so it can be a bit of a culture shock for some.’
Commenting on the return of Johnson and Dedman Simon Woodman, head of mobile at Exertis Micro-P said: 'We are pleased to be welcoming back two very valuable members of staff, proving the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. The return of Simon Johnson and Ross Dedman has reassured us that we are a positive place to work. These two people left Exertis Micro-P to join a mobile distributor based in Crewe, and have returned thanks to our innovative approach, staff recognition, benefits packages and our open door policy to directors of the business, as well as our appreciation of the need for a good work-life balance.