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Dimension Data UK boss van Horssen to step down

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Dimension Data UK boss Ton van Horssen is to step down by mutual consent at the end of the month - the closure of its fiscal first half 2011 - amid some suggestions that sales are below expectations.

During his 12 years at the integrator, van Horssen headed up services across Europe, was managing director in the Netherlands and for the last two years and four months ran the UK operation.

Andrew Coulsen, CEO at Di Data Europe, told MicroScope the decision to seek a new UK lead was consensual.

"It was mutually agreed that now was a good time to leave given the stability of the business...he wanted to pursue interests outside of the company," he said.  

In the last results for the year-ended 30 September, Di Data grew sales 8% in Europe with the UK, Benelux and Germany given particluar praise for their performance.

Coulsen refused to comment on the shape of the UK numbers as Di Data does not break them out from the rest of Europe, but scotched talk from company insiders that they were off target.

"The UK business is where we want it to be at this point in time, it is in a space where we need it to be," said Coulsen.

UK sales director Calvin Groom will caretake the UK managing director's role in the interim and is "one of the main contenders" to fill it on a permanent basis, said Coulsen.

But the interviewing process will be opened to other internal and external candidates and the "formal process will take three to four months", he added.


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