Redundancies at Ingram Micro Mobility after European restructure

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Marios Ktisti and Fergal Donovan among those that have left as part of a new strategy to boost effectiveness in each individual market

Ingram Micro Mobility has confirmed senior staff Marios Ktisti and Fergal Donovan are among those made redundant from the distributor following a major restructure to its EU operations.

Ktisti, who was senior manager for mobility services in Europe, and Donovan, vice president of global vendor relations, both exited the organisation last week (August 7) after five and 10 years of service respectively.

Adam Sweeney, director of European marketing and vendor management is also confirmed to be part of the “small number” of UK redundancies made at the firm this month. Sweeney joined BrightPoint, now owned by Ingram, in 2005.

Ingram Micro executive vice president for global mobility services Shailendra Gupta told Mobile News the changes are the result of a new strategy designed to boost its effectiveness in each individual market.

Ingram has introduced country chief executives across all countries it operates in across Europe, allowing them to have more “power” on their decision making on what’s best for the business in that specific market.

“We want our countries to be the decision makers,” Gupta explained. “We are trying to delayer the organisation to make it more responsive to the market place. To improve our response time, the regional structure has been lightened and the country structure has been reinforced.

Restructure

He continued: “If we try to run all countries with a centralised decision making it would compromise its effectiveness.”

Ingram Micro president and MD Brent McCarty (pictured), based in Milton Keynes, has now been promoted to the new role of Ingram Micro country chief executive as part of the restructure.

He will now be responsible for all decision making across all four business operations at Ingram Micro UK. These include technology solutions, supply chain, mobility and cloud.

“Brent is now in power to make most of the decisions independently and does not have to look up to the region for the decision making,” said Gupta.

Cost-cutting

The news follows an announcement by the firm last month it’s planning to cut around 540 jobs (two per cent of its 27,000 workforce) as part of a wider $100 million cost-cutting program for 2016. Ingram Micro has cut around 116 jobs in the past quarter globally.

“We have a very strong set of goals for the future,” Gupta added. “But we need to address our decision making processes to help push all our business divisions forward. In the EMEA structure we believed we were not best placed to do that. That means in some areas there are costs being cut while in others there are cost additions.”

Ingram employs 450 staff in the UK, excluding Anovo, which it acquired back in February.

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