Speculation is rife in the industry that Lloyd Pinder, who quit Ingram Micro as vice president of sales after the arrival of former managing director Sandy Scott, is about to make a return to the company.
A spokesman for Ingram Micro stated that Pinder was not presently working at the distributor, but refused to be drawn further on the rumours.
Pinder left Ingram Micro last September after spending 10 years at the company. He joined the company when Mirai Networks, the company he set up with Rob Johnson and Pauline Taylor, was bought by the distribution giant shortly after it was established in 1989.
At the time of his departure, Pinder claimed that there were no "non-performance issues" behind his decision to quit Ingram Micro. "I have had only positive and constructive performance issues," he claimed.
His resignation came as staff were leaving the distributor en masse - almost 100 employees had left the company in the six months after Scott was appointed managing director in March 1998.
During the time of his exit from the distributor, Pinder added that "only time would tell" whether the changes implemented by Scott would work out.
Scott resigned from Ingram Micro in May.
Since leaving Ingram, Pinder is understood to have been working on a consultancy basis.
One observer said: "The only reason Lloyd stayed so long in the first place was that Ingram took over his company. But he became disillusioned towards the end. Either things are turning around at Ingram, or Lloyd feels he has done the rounds and is coming home."
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