Avnet to Azlan; stop poaching our staff

Azlan's recruitment strategy is facing strong criticism after it poached nearly half of Avnet Technology Solution's Unified Communications team.

Azlan's recruitment strategy is facing strong criticism after it poached nearly half of Avnet Technology Solution's Unified Communications team.

The networking arm of Computer 2000 has already recruited Avnet's former EMEA storage boss Mark Walker and two members of his team earlier this year

But in the latest development, Avnet EMEA senior vice president of sales Sukh Rayat confirmed that Azlan is now taking on board five members of its eleven-strong UC operation unit including the business unit director Joel Chimoindes.

"Integrity is an important value at Avnet and we will consider our options against any companies that behave towards us a way that is not fair or ethical," he said, adding that it had no issue with the free movement of staff.

An employment lawyer consulted by MicroScope said there are grounds for an injunction when a rival tries to poach staff that are under contract, have non-compete clauses or are privy to confidential client information.

"It depends on the employees' individual obligations to the existing employer," said Alan Cohen, partner at Mayfair-based solicitor Ashby Cohen.

Since missing out on the acquisition of CCD, C2000/Azlan have designed a blueprint to build up an enterprise infrastructure business and placed it under the control of distribution veteran Ian French.

Alastair Edwards, principal analysts at Canalys, said there was a finite amount of resources in the channel, particularly in emerging technologies such as UC.

"Talent and skills are still in short supply and that is prompting companies to take these approaches to get access to the necessary expertise to grow the business. In doing so, they are also weakening the competition," he said.

Computer 2000 refused to comment.

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