The former head of distributor Datrontech's reseller operations has left to set up his own business, providing liaison services between vendors and distributors.
Nick Smith has already secured a deal between CMS and Portable Add-Ons - which Datrontech is buying - to upgrade notebook PCs.
News of his venture followed the announcement that David Fitzpatrick, chairman of Datrontech, had stepped down. Today, the distributor's share price stood at 75 pence after interim results last week failed to wow the City.
Smith, who until two weeks ago was in charge of the reseller division at Datrontech, said that he had left the company ?amicably? because of changes in its sales and marketing focus. He had been there for five years.
He said that he had secured a deal with CMS and Portable Add-Ons to provide technology that allows users to upgrade their notebook storages from small drives to 2Gbytes or 3Gbytes hard drives and retain their existing data, for just over #200.
Despite the share slump, Smith said he believes the company is sound and blamed the City for being wary of IT companies, and particularly distributors, without understanding them. Mark Mulford, appointed last week as chief executive officer of the company, has consistently denied that Datrontech is up for sale.
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