Daisy CEO Neil Muller has left the firm after three and a half years in charge of the comms giant, CRN has learned.
In an email sent to all staff this morning - which was relayed to CRN via a source - Muller (pictured) said that he has opted to "pursue a new direction" following "deliberation" with Daisy founder and chairman Matt Riley.
His departure was this morning confirmed to CRN by Daisy itself.
During Muller's time in charge, Daisy has made a string of acquisitions as it pushed beyond its roots in comms and into the cloud and IT services space. This includes Phoenix IT Group and Alternative Networks.
Ranking third in CRN's Top VARs 2017 with a revenue run rate of £700m, Daisy has recently been linked with rumours of a possible takeover, but in the latest twist Sky News reported earlier this month that Riley had opted instead to pursue a buyout of the company himself.
In the email, Muller said it had been an "honour to lead the significant transformation of Daisy over the last 3.5 years", adding that he is "extremely proud of what we have collectively achieved during this time".
"More recently, our founder and chairman Matthew Riley and I have been discussing the next phase of the group's evolution and, following much deliberation and conversations together, I have decided to take this opportunity to pursue a new direction," he added.
"The support from you all, as well as our customers, partners and shareholders, has been incredible. So a heartfelt thank you for all your hard work and dedication. I would like to wish Matt and the entire Daisy family the very best of luck and every continued success, and I hope that our paths will cross in the future."
It is not yet clear to CRN whether Muller, who joined Daisy at the start of 2015 after leaving his post as UK managing director of Computacenter, has accepted a post elsewhere.
In a statement sent to CRN, Simon Wright, head of PR, communication and engagement at Daisy, confirmed that Muller is leaving the business.
"As Daisy embarks on the next phase of its evolution, and having successfully led the significant transformation of the group over the last 3.5 years, Neil Muller has decided that now is the right time to pursue a new direction," he said.
"Neil is extremely proud of what Daisy has achieved over recent years, and thanks the entire Daisy team, customers, partners, and shareholders for their incredible support. Neil will continue to watch with interest as the company continues its ongoing development and success."
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