Integralis UK head Graham Jones is stepping down as UK managing director of the security integrator at the end of the month, to pursue a new challenge, CRN can reveal.
A replacement has been found and is due to start in August, but the firm was unable to reveal the identity of the new UK head as this article went to press.
Jones joined Integralis as UK managing director in 2003, and moved roles to chief operating officer later that year, before returning to his UK roots in 2008.
In a statement, Jones said: “I don’t need to tell you that I am attracted to the challenge of taking a business and turning it around – this new opportunity is no different to the one I faced at Integralis in 2003.
"In the past seven years we have taken Integralis from loss-making to profitable, almost doubling revenue, doubling service revenue and quadrupling the share price. We closed 2008 with €168.9m (£146m) in revenue and now in 2009 we have already climbed 6.7 per cent despite the economic downturn. Added to this, the UK continues to be the largest contributor to the group’s revenue and that is thanks to the phenomenal efforts of each and every member of the team here in the UK."
He added: "I'm extremely proud of what I have helped the team to achieve and am hoping to repeat the same successes we have achieved at Integralis within a new environment."
Integralis was last week acquired by Japanese telecoms firm NTT Communications (Channelweb 30 June), but Jones insisted this was nothing to do with his move.
"The seven-year itch has struck and it is time to leave the business in the hands of an extremely capable and experienced leadership team that can take it into the next exciting chapter of Integralis' development," he said. "With the acquisition by NTT, Integralis is in good shape for the future.”
Liam O'Neill, technical services director at Integralis, said: "Graham has made a significant contribution to Integralis over the years and has been a key player in turning around our performance – something he relishes, so it makes absolute sense for him to seek a new challenge at this time. The new managing director comes from an MSS background and will be focused on continuing Integralis UK’s outstanding performance in the group."
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