The enigmatic Intel Australia national sales manager Archie Wilson has "left the building" to join a competitor.
His sudden departure from the emerging Internet giant on Tuesday occurred straight after he resigned and IA's general manager David Bolt asked him to leave immediately.
For Wilson, who was widely regarded as second in charge of Intel's interests in Australia and New Zealand, his tenure at Intel is understood to have ended abruptly, though amicably.
According to one of Intel's channel partners, they were advised by David Bolt on Tuesday afternoon that Wilson was no longer with the company, but that they were assured it was "business as usual".
Intel marketing manager Phillip Dows claimed that it was an amicable parting and described it as positive for Wilson, but that he has taken another role outside the company.
Wilson himself confirmed that he has accepted a position with another company but has not set a starting date. He conceded that some time with his family would be welcome.
In a clue to his new position, Wilson told ARN "I have found working in the channel one of the most rewarding things I have done and look forward to continuing this in my new position.
"I have been happy at Intel, so it had to be a compelling offer for me to move," the smooth talking Wilson added.
It is understood his new position is with a company in competition with Intel, and in the networking arena.
Wilson has been a central figure in the restructure of Intel's Australian channel over the last two years.