Feeds

LineOne loses its head

Updated: MD replaced - details sketchy

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

LineOne's MD Andrew Burke has left the company -- but keep it to yourself, it's still a secret. It appears Burke has been replaced by Ajay Chowdhury and while there's no confirmation of where the new MD is from, one unconfirmed report suggested he's been bussed in from United News & Media -- one of the companies bankrolling LineOne. Amazingly, even people who work for the company don't know about it yet. "No, that's news to me," said one bemused and unhelpful member of LineOne's telephone support staff. And even LineOne's spinbunnies couldn't shed any light on the move, although one spokesperson said that the decision was by "mutual agreement" before being whisked off to a hastily arranged meeting. If their confusion is anything to go by, then LineOne is once again the victim of its own blundering. The company couldn't even handle the switch from being a paid service to a subscription-free Net provider without getting itself in a muddle. Just when it looked like LineOne was going subscription-free, Burke sent an email to all 80,000 members casting doubt on whether the online service would scrap its monthly fee or not Perhaps this is one of the reasons why he left, or was pushed -- both by "mutual agreement", of course. The following comment was received from LineOne's PR company at 13:40 BST today: "Andrew Burke has decided to leave his post as managing director of LineOne and pursue other opportunities. He is being replaced by Ajay Chowdhury who was previously managing director of United Interactive and a board member of LineOne. Andrew and Ajay will work closely together over the next eight weeks to ensure a smooth handover. Andrew has been managing director of LineOne since its inception in August 1996 and has steered the company to its current position as the UK's leading free online service provider* with over 200,000 registered members." ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years
Man jailed for dodgy cinema recording of Hollywood movie
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?