Phoenix IT Group staff defections to Concorde continues

Concorde Informatics Technology Group (CITG) has hired Servo's client director Matthew Wood to head up business development, adding to the growing band of defectors that have exited businesses owned by Phoenix IT Group. Former ICM founder Barry Roberts and sales director Colin Meakin - who left the

Concorde Informatics Technology Group (CITG) has hired Servo's client director Matthew Wood to head up business development, adding to the growing band of defectors that have exited businesses owned by Phoenix IT Group.

Former ICM founder Barry Roberts and sales director Colin Meakin - who left the firm after it was sold to Phoenix ITG - led a management buy-out of Concorde Informatics in early 2009, becoming a non-exec director and CEO respectively.

Leeds-based CITG acquired RM Communications and Control Key last year, deals that were integrated into the expanding outfit, which then rebranded as CITG.

Erick Mackay, marketing director at CITG, who is one of 25 staff to exit ICM/ Servo in favour of joining forces with his former bosses, confirmed the new signing of business development director Wood.

"We are not looking for ICM people, they knock on our door," he told MicroScope.

Other one-time ICM/Servo staffers to defect include CITG chief operating officer Neil Roberts, senior account manager Julian Carr and sales director Tim Bodill, along with a raft of engineers and other sales heads.

The strategy was not to target ICM customers Mackay insisted, despite talk in the market to the contrary, but "if customers come to us we'll try and help them out".

As well as Wood, Servo store supervisor Shaun Whitley has moved across to head up logistics at CITG, ensuring parts are distributed to various depots for use by engineers in the field.

"This is real bread and butter stuff, the lifeblood of the company. Well run logistics underpins an IT services business and we have a great team in the field" said Mackay.

ICM/Servo parent Phoenix was unavailable to comment.

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