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Ingram Micro loses UK boss before he starts job

Paul Kunert

Ingram Micro is again on the hunt for a UK managing director after its designated choice Pablo Suarez opted instead to stay in the US and take up alternative employment outside the firm.

The distributor had planned to replace outgoing UK boss Julian Klein with Suarez from 1 July in a seamless handover of responsibility.

However Robyn Tingley, Ingram HR vice president for EMEA, told MicroScope that an inability to secure a visa and "an attractive offer" from an as yet unnamed firm tempted Suarez to stay in Miami with his family.

"This is a disappointment for us of course but we have got a very strong management team locally in the UK," she added.

On an interim basis, former UK chief Johan Vandenbussche has returned to the operation while a permanent replacement is found. He currently oversees Ingram's data capture and point of sale business across Europe.

"We are looking internally and externally," said Tingley, "we have already activated the search so would hope to have somebody in place in the coming weeks."

Suarez had been at Ingram Micro for 15 years and most recently ran the distributor's Miami Export Group.

MicroScope is unsure if the threat of English food, the weather, the prospect of dealing with UK resellers, or perhaps the distributor's last set of results also influenced Suarez's decision to perform a U-turn.

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