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Directors shuffled as 2e2 and Morse integration ramps

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The integration of Morse into 2e2 is gaining pace following the restructure of the business units, some real estate consolidation and the news that directors Mark Nutt and Tim Hall will leave next month.

The £69m purchase of London-based Morse earlier this year created a £400m powerhouse in the UK IT product and services sector but presented acquisitive 2e2 management with a more sizeable merger challenge than previous deals.

Nick Grossman, business development director at 2e2, said: "We are trying to integrate Morse as quickly as we can on the basis that a long, slow integration does the businesses no good and distracts everybody."

"We have to be careful that we do not stop people selling or the business delivering but are certainly pushing hard and our objective is to have the majority completed by the end of the year," he added.

From 1 January, 2e2's current UK managing director Neil Allpress will move to head up Morse's overseas operations including Ireland, Spain, Benelux, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

He will be replaced by Nick Petheram, former managing director of Morse's Infrastructure Services and Technology division.

In an internal promotion, business applications director Matt Franklin will fill the newly created role of UK sales director, with the sales leads for the Unified Comms, Managed Services, Technology, Business Solutions and Professional Services units reporting to him.

Morse's Technology, Data Management and Security division will be folded into 2e2's Technology division, to be run by Andy Wright. Mark Nutt, who had run that operation at Morse, has decided to leave the business after a decade's service.

After less than two years as Morse marketing and business development director, Tim Hall will also be leaving the firm but no other exits have been confirmed.

Grossman insisted Morse was "not a cost out play" adding "I have no headcount target on my desk."

"We are going through the process of integration...the nature of which is that in some positions people will end up competing for the same role and some will leave the business," he said.

Real estate costs have already been cut after 2e2 moved out of its City office to one used by Morse in Bedford Square, conversely Morse will exit its head office in Brentford and move staff to 2e2's HQ in Hayes.

Industry sources said the 2e2 board are looking for cost synergies and have to report them back to VC backers, as is usual in these instances.

The Morse brand disappears in the UK from 1 October but will remain overseas where the 2e2 brand does not exit.

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