Datrontech Group has lost its sales and marketing director, Alison Heath, to Kingston Technologies, after only nine months at the distributor.
Heath will leave to become sales and marketing manager at memory vendor Kingston Technologies, replacing Mark Leatham - another former Datrontech employee - who is moving to the US to head up Kingston's Sun hardware operation.
Speaking exclusively to PC Dealer on 20 April - the day her appointment at Kingston was confirmed - Heath said she was moving back into a vendor company because her skillset was better suited at that level and wanted new challenges.
She will leave in May and Martin Mulligan, Datrontech commercial director, will take over her duties. 'For two years, I have focused on customers and now I wish to focus on products,' she said.
The move occurred amid rumours that both group CEO Mark Mulford and Datrontech's former deputy chairman Steve King were about to leave the distributor.
Mulford dismissed the rumours, saying he had no intention of leaving.
'I have no plans to leave Datrontech. I have only been here for one year and have a job to do.'
He also said his employment package with the distributor included a four-year stock option, which he intends to keep.
He added that King was not leaving the distributor, but will be based overseas. 'He is going to work for our Hong Kong subsidiary, but that can take him anywhere in the world.'
Although Heath's transfer to Kingston was the second move by a key member of staff in recent years, Mulford insisted the move was 'positive', stressing there were good relations between the two companies.
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