Michel to join Brightstar Europe as UK and Ireland head


Former LG UK general manager to replace outgoing managing director Richard Turner, say sources close to the company

Former UK general manager for mobile Jim Michel is to join Brightstar Europe as its UK and Ireland managing director, Mobile News understands. He will replace Richard Turner, who is expected to leave Brightstar Europe before the end of the month.

When contacted by Mobile News, Michel (pictured) refused to confirm or deny he was moving to Brightstar Europe. Turner denied he is leaving the company when contacted by Mobile News, despite several sources close to the company saying otherwise. Turner’s next destination is unknown.

Former Motorola UK and Ireland general manager Michel is understood to be on gardening leave from LG until the end of next month. He left the handset manufacturer last month after two-and-a-half years at the company. He had been UK general manager since February.

Turner joined Brightstar as European sales director in April 2009 before taking up the position of managing director for the UK and Ireland in October 2010.