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Insight starts the hunt for fresh UK boss

Insight's UK managing director has revealed she is stepping down from the role in March next year

Insight is on the hunt for a UK and Ireland managing director after the current holder of the role announced plans to step down from the end of March next year.

Emma de Sousa has been with the channel player for 12 years and spent more than half that time in the UK managing director post back except for a spell out on maternity leave in 2013.

Her time in the hot set coincided with the departure of EMEA boss Stuart Fenton a couple of years ago and just as happened then when he remained in post to help the transition de Sousa will also be giving her input into who should take over running the UK operation.

In her time at the helm she has navigated the firm through the choppy waters of a global recession and helped position the channel player in the cloud and will leave her successor with a business in fairly good shape.

After Insight the destination of de Sousa will be cloud specialist Outsourcery, where she will take up the position from 1 April as managing director based in the firm's Manchester HQ.

“There is a substantial market opportunity in this area and I look forward to leading the strategic initiatives that will see Outsourcery accelerate growth and increase market share," she said.

In the most recent set of results, for Q3 the performance of the UK operation came in for special mention from Insight CFO Glynis Bryan. She said that the UK, along with some other territories, had been strong performers so far this year.

"In EMEA net sales year-to-date are up four per cent year-over-year in constant currency with solid top-line performance in the UK, Netherlands, Germany and the Nordics," she said.

The latest chapter in Insight UK's corporate history gave the current European management a chance to thank de Sousa for her contribution to the business.

“After twelve years at Insight, Emma de Sousa will be stepping down from her role as UK and Ireland Managing Director on 31st March 2016. She is leaving the UK business having overseen impressive performance in the last seven years – including its current six consecutive quarters of growth – and will be taking on a new challenge at a cloud solutions provider," said Wolfgang Ebermann, EMEA President, Insight
"Over the next five months Emma will be working in partnership with me to select the right successor and implement a succession plan that ensures a smooth and efficient handover for the business, our partners, teammates and our customers," he added.

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