Carrier Thus is on the hunt for a new leader as managing director Stewart Smythe moves into a role at parent company Cable&Wireless (C&W) Worldwide, ChannelWeb can reveal. His new employer – renowned for having blown hot and cold with resellers in the past – will ask Smythe to help grow its channel business.
Smythe has been at the helm of the Glaswegian comms provider since August last year. He joined from C&W, 10 months after the carrier bought Thus for £329m, following an elongated cat-and-mouse chase.
In November 2009 C&W demerged into two standalone units, which saw the formation of the C&W Communications unit to serve the Caribbean market, as well as Panama, Macau and Monaco and its surrounding islands. C&W Worldwide – which houses Thus – covers the UK and the rest of the world.
Smythe has now moved to "a significant strategic role" at C&W Worldwide. In his new position he will work closely with Thus senior management with the aim of boosting C&W's standing in the channel. The exact nature of his new role is not yet clear, nor is the identity of his successor at Thus or who may fulfil his duties in the interim.
C&W issued ChannelWeb with the following statement: “Stewart Smythe has taken up a significant strategic role at the parent company, Cable &Wireless Worldwide plc. As part of his new remit, Stuart will continue to support the excellent team at Thus by drawing on his experience of the mid-market to further develop Cable& Wireless’s strategy for growth in the channel.”
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