Avenir appoints two to accessories


Distributor Avenir Telecom has announced two new additions to its accessories division.

James Bennett has joined the company as national account manager, and Mark Grice as accessories sales manager.

Bennett previously held high-level sales positions at Motorola and Regus. His accessories knowledge stems from a seven year tenure with The Carphone Warehouse which covered area sales management, marketing and in-store roles.

Mark Grice spent two years with Peter Jones’ Phones International Group, most recently as head of accessory sales. He has also worked as a sales manager for MPE (previously part of The Carphone Warehouse, now defunct) and as head of international trading (accessories) for Unique Distribution.

Avenir accessories sales director Stuart Balaam said: “We are delighted that Mark and James are joining the company. Having signed exclusivity deals on some great new brands we have continued to extend our successes in the mobile accessory market in a relatively short space of time. We are confident that Mark and James will help capitalise on these successes and help drive the business further forwards.”

Avenir managing director Andy Tow added: “The fact that Orange Retail has chosen to retain us as a key distributor is a testament to our accessories offering which – at customer, retailer and dealer level – is based on clearly marketed features and benefits, financial confidence, and technical excellence.”

Avenir is soon to release details of a set of exclusive distribution contracts with a range of European accessories manufacturers.