Andy Hilton, Simms International's long-time managing director, has resigned from the memory distributor, two months after it sold its storage business unit to Ingram Micro.
Hilton was instrumental in developing the specialist distributor's storage unit. In consultation with Simms, he made the "mutual decision" to move on.
Former finance director Danny Moore succeeds Hilton in the top job, with Gavin Troxler, national sales manager, being appointed to Simms' board as sales director.
"Having worked hard at developing a very successful storage business arm, virtually from scratch, Andy's ambition was always to take that side of the business to a point where it could be sold, before moving on to a new challenge," Moore said.
The move also thins Simms' management ranks, which after the sale of the storage business unit, saw the distributor with around four senior staff managing a company of around 15 staff.
Hilton told ARN in an exclusive interview yesterday that he was looking forward to taking some time off before making any decision to join another company. The former English banker had been in the MD's role at Simms for four-and-a-half years.
A candid Hilton said he saw no point in staying with a company that was looking at maintaining its market share with just one vendor partnership, rather than growing the business in new markets. Hilton said he would like to take the reigns of an up-and-coming company, and manage its progression into maturity.
Moore claimed Hilton leaves Simms in a sound position, with phase one of the distributor's e-commerce partner site, Simms Direct, going live this month. The next 12 months will see Simms focus on building and maintaining its market share in the corporate space, Moore said.