IBM Personal Systems Group's (PSG) former UK and Ireland MD, Mike Lunch, has left the vendor to take up the mantle as MD of Specialist Computer Centres (SCC), following long-standing speculation of his departure.
The move occurred despite Lunch's recent promotion as head of IBM's Advance Fulfilment Initiative (AFI) programme in Europe. It was established in September 1997 to simplify the building, customisation and delivery of IBM commercial desktops. The programme introduced IBM to just-in-time delivery and PC channel assembly.
Lunch will leave Big Blue on 14 April to head up SCC, laying to rest the rumours over his departure.
As far back as November 1997, Lunch was said to be leaving IBM for Computacenter, which Lunch denied at the time. However, speaking to PC Dealer on 23 March, he said: 'The rumours were wrong because you didn't get the company right.'
He continued: 'After working for PC vendors for 19 years, the appointment at SCC is an opportunity I just can't turn down. Peter Rigby (chairman of SCC) has aggressive plans for the company and the business is now too big to manage on his own. He wants to broaden the management team.'
Lunch began at IBM in 1984 as European software marketing manager and later PC marketing manager. He left Big Blue in 1991 to work for Toshiba before returning to IBM in 1995 as director of the IBM Leasing Company and then MD of Personal Systems Group.
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