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Roest leaves DGSi Business

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DSGi Business has parted company with managing director Jerry Roest after nearly three years but he has insisted the decision was based on personal reasons and not connected to the shape of the reseller's accounts.

He joined the retail group to run PC World Business (PCWB) in April 2006 as an interim replacement for predecessor Derek Lloyd but six months later decided to take on the role full time.

This year has been challenging for UK resellers and DSGi's trade arms PCWB, Equanet and Microwarehouse have not been immune to the weaker market conditions, making redundancies to cut its cloth accordingly.

In a statement sent to Microscope this morning, DSGi confirmed that Roest would be replaced by current COO Martin Dorchester, who was brought into the business in May.  

"Jerry has made a significant contribution to the Group; and DSGi Business has made great progress under his leadership. He leaves it as a strong, efficient and unified business which continues to outperform the market."

Under his leadership, DSGi's various reseller acquisitions were brought into one group and the ambition was to become a £1bn player in the UK, competing in the corporate, mid-market, SME and online spaces.

Earlier this year, DSGi Business launched the Advanced Solutions Group to deploy more complex technologies including servers and storage, networking and services.

It had been run by Russell Flower but he was among a number of high profile redundancies in September.

Roest previously worked in the telco industry with Internet players CompuServe and NTL and also set up Shazam, which operated in the mobile phone music industry.

Talking to Microscope, Roest revealed that this Friday will be his last with the company but refused to give details for the exact reasons for his departure, "that is not for the press to know".

But asked if his exit was related to sales he said, "DSGi takes the view that my stewardship of the business has moved it forward, we have taken market share from rivals and I leave it in great shape," he said.

It does not appear if Roest has anything else lined up but sources close to him suggested he may take a break from the industry, how long is yet to be determined.

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