Dean Harrigan, Lorna Heppell and Kate Nelson-Wareham, who all walked out of Ilion less than a month ago over a disagreement on the appointment of Rob Civil as product manager, have signed up with Sodexi (PC Dealer, 11 March).
According to Bochar Ba, EMEA regional general manager of Sodexi, the Europe-wide distributor will be operational in the UK within the next two weeks, based in the London area. 'We have already started doing business in the UK with a number of resellers and will be looking to expand this once the company is established,' he said.
However, Lynette Summerfield, sales and marketing manager at Ilion, retorted that 'any startup in the UK will have issues, regardless of the personalities'.
She added: 'We are not concerned since we are already working well with IBM.'
Ba dismissed any problems over trading in the UK: 'We have signed a European agreement which allows us to do business in the UK, but we will have meetings with IBM to discuss a local agreement.'
Adrian Kohn, northern regional business manager at IBM Networking, said: 'The local agreement is a formality as the European agreement means Sodexi can work right out of Europe.'
He added: 'I haven't had any reaction from other distributors, although there may be questions about where the company will fit.'
Sodexi will join other distributors that have recently launched in the UK, including Landis, which set up last year; Budget Communications, which began trading in February; and ex-Azlan marketing director Mark Peter's recent startup Hyperchannel.
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