Bill Gretton, former UK MD of Ingram Micro, has resurfaced within the IT industry, eight months after he vowed never to return to the sector.
He is currently employed as a consultant for Cabletron UK, brought on board temporarily by Ray Sangster, Cabletron UK MD. Cabletron is undergoing an overhaul of its channel strategy both in the US and UK.
According to Sangster, he has employed Gretton to help out with the integration of the Digital's networking business bought by Cabletron last year. 'I grabbed him to make use of his cerebral power, to get things done. There's a lot of work to do,' he commented.
Sangster insisted that Gretton had not become a fully fledged Cabletron employee. 'We would certainly like him to work for us, but don't believe he'd be interested,' he added.
Following his departure from Ingram in April 1997 after a 19-month stint, Gretton eventually joined Brightpoint, a US-based wireless communications vendor. He was made European managing director responsible for sales and marketing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
David Hume, UK finance director at Brightpoint, said Gretton had left the vendor but would not disclose when he departed. 'Let's just say he's no longer with us,' he commented.
Last month, Brightpoint announced the acquisition of UK-based wireless phone distributor Wavetech and the consequent appointment of its founder and director Kevin Brummitt as UK MD of Brightpoint. Gretton was not available for comment.
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