Rousou retires from Elcom

Full-time gardening leave

Jim Rousou has retired as head of Elcom UK to dedicate more time to business investments and his garden. The 52-year-old has given up his titles of chairman of Elcom Group Ltd and senior executive VP of Elcom International after 10 years with the company and its predecessors. Rousou will stay on with Elcom on a consultancy basis for the next few months, but already has his eye on other investments. "I’m looking at some interesting business propositions, but nothing to do with this industry," the former chartered accountant told The Register. "This is not just a sudden decision. My commitment to the group was to make sure the transition went well after selling the enterprise division to SCC. "Now I am free to move on." In July, US parent Elcom International sold two-thirds of the UK business - the reselling arm and Elite Distribution subsidiary - to SCC for around £28 million. No permanent replacements have yet been named for Rousou, but Michael Templeman, sales director of elcom.com, is currently standing in as caretaker UK MD. When asked how he planned to enjoy his golden years, a green-fingered Rousou replied: "I’ve got plenty of gardening to do." Rousou previously worked at Business Land UK and led an MBO against JWP in 1993. He also had a two-year stint as president and CEO of Elcom in the US.® Related story Redundancy hits Elcom staff

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