LG sales and marketing director John Barton is leaving the
company after nearly five years at the helm.
Barton resigned last week, and sent a letter to the
channel announcing his departure yesterday (11 January). He will leave in April this
year, to take on a role at a film production company with music interests.
Barton said: ‘I am working harder than ever before, so
you can tell my relations with my shareholders are good.’
‘My judgement is that they are looking immediately for
a replacement, but I only resigned last week and it is early days for finding
He added: ‘I don’t think they will reconstruct the
division. I think they will find someone new to take the job and I will be
helping them as much as I can until April.’
Barton is credited with guiding the manufacturer's growth from
zero market share into double figures.
He has played a key part in the launch of the Chocolate, Shine,
Viewty and the highly successful Cookie, which has sold over 1.5
Barton began his career with up and coming operator One2One and
began his mobile career in 1987 at O2's predecessor, BT Cellnet.
He went on to take various roles at Talkland and within the
Cauldwell Group before taking up the challenge of One2One and its
integration into T-Mobile. He then joined 3 in its pre-launch
phase as sales director and helped steer it through the launch