The long-awaited staff culling process has started at Merisel, following the CHS takeover.
Last week marketing director Venetia Rowland, credit control manager Damian Applegarth, logistics manager Mark Williams and MIS manager Nigel Doe were made redundant.
More people are expected to go within the next two months, although CHS claimed further cuts would be kept to a minimum. CHS/Merisel currently employs 370 people.
One source said: 'Merisel is under a black cloud. The CVs are already flying round.'
Another said: 'Morale is rock bottom. Employees thought they would hear about the appointments in a group meeting, but they just got told by memo.'
The competition for jobs will mount during this week as seven CHS and Merisel sales managers fight it out for the four divisional manager posts following a formal interview process. The product groups are expected to be software and peripherals, networking, systems and storage.
Those appointed to the CHS/ Merisel board are Jan Lawford, who will focus on vendor management; Alison Heath, major accounts and licensing sales; former CHS sales manager Mark Todd, sales and product marketing; and Peter Sutton, business processes.
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