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Azzurri exec set have a brand new CEO: Former BT bigster Chris Jagusz

Ailing integrator Azzurri Communications has charged former SSE Telecoms boss Chris Jagusz with revving up the stalling motor when he returns well oiled from a, er, "summer break". The start date for Jagusz was not specified by his new employer but he will take over from chairman Steve Andrews who is to become interim CEO from 8 …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2014
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Azzurri chairman steps into interim CEO role

Rather than leaving the firm leaderless when current Azzurri CEO Vim Vithaldas hotfoots it in June or asking the next boss to start his tenure by restructuring the biz, chairman Steve Andrews is to step into the role on an interim basis. "I am looking forward to both my time as interim CEO and to announcing my full time …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2014

Former Azzurri project manager who stole £1.3m ordered to pay back £146k

A former project manager at Azzurri Communications who stole £1.3m from the integrator has been ordered to pay back less than 10 per cent or spend more time in the slammer. Lee Stephen Young, 34, of Petronel Road, Aylesbury was found guilty of one count of theft from an employer at the town's Crown Court in March and sentenced …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2014
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As Azzurri closes in on CEO successor, sales director splits

South coast integrator Azzurri Communications is going to be a sales director and board member lighter after Craig Wellman handed in his notice to split by the early summer. The business, which last month pushed out the first in a series of cloudy services, is still on the hunt for a CEO to replace outgoing chief Vim Vithaldas …
Paul Kunert, 07 Apr 2014

Azzurri Communications still losing MEELLIONS

Azzurri Communications is not out of the woods yet judging by its recently filed results and the stringent banking covenant tests to which its management must adhere. It has been a turbulent couple of years for the comms and tech integrator: its seven strong banking syndicate was forced to write off £282m in debts; veteran sales …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2014
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Azzurri tugs former sales star from Vodafone

Azzurri has raided Vodafone's reservation to poach one of its former shining stars, with Antony Vigar set to return to the south-coast comms integrator as head of business development. With one eye locked on the Intelligent Cloud Optimised Network (ICON) launch, the firm needs someone to replace the previous incumbent Jason …
Paul Kunert, 19 Feb 2014
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Sources: Azzurri coughs £1m to end O2 call centre spat

Azzurri has settled a seven-figure dispute with O2 after a financial spat erupted over a Glasgow call centre it runs on behalf of the telco, well-placed sources have told The Channel. Under the multi-year outsourcing agreement, Azzurri - an O2 Centre of Excellence partner - was paid a fee to run a support desk for O2's small biz …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2013
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Brit IT slinger Azzurri's CEO quits to spend more time with family, less time with the M25

Troubled south-coast UK comms integrator Azzurri has confirmed CEO Vim Vithaldas will step down for "family reasons" in July. The veteran exec was brought in by the banking syndicate that owns Azzurri in December 2011 after previous boss Mark Quartermaine left for Capita ITS – but it was a choppy couple of years at the top. The …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2014

More Azzurri execs run for the hills, turnover keeps sliding

The exit of two more senior figures at Azzurri Comms has spooked the company's sales floor amid falling fiscal '13 turnover and customers expressing concerns about handing projects to the firm. According to Channel Register sources, morale at the south coast-based integrator has hit rock bottom as the turnaround plan falters and …
Paul Kunert, 06 Nov 2013
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Azzurri backers write off MILLIONS in debts - AGAIN

Investment banks backing voice and data comms biz Azzurri have agreed to write off three quarters - £78m - of debts owed to them by the integrator in a bid to clean up its balance sheet and gear up for expansion. This leaves Azzurri owing £45m (£25m interest bearing) to the seven-strong financial syndicate, which includes …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2013

Azzurri sales talks with Alternative Networks 'are over' - insiders

Talks that begun months ago between biz voice and data comms firm Azzurri Communications and AIM-listed suitor Alternative Networks have reached a stalemate over price, claim sources close to negotiations. In December Azzurri's owner, Silverfleet Capital, exited the business after agreeing a debt-for-equity swap with a syndicate …
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2012
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Major Brit IT provider denies turning to fellow resellers after burning up lines of credit

British comms provider Azzurri has rejected suggestions that its finances are so precarious it has been forced it to tap up fellow resellers for product. Azzurri provides various well-known UK firms and government departments with comms and data services, reselling a range of vendor products in the telecomms, networking and …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2013
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Juniper Networks UK bigwig hotfoots it to Alternative Networks

Juniper UK and Ireland boss Mark Quartermaine is hot-footing it to one of the firm's biggest channel partners, Alternative Networks, where he will be COO from next month. The former IBM, C&W, BT Global Services and Azzurri exec initially joined LSE-listed Alternative as a non-exec director in January last year but his …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014
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Azzurri buys virtual network firm Sirocom

Communications firm Azzurri has acquired UK-based virtual network operator (VNO) Sirocom for an undisclosed sum. Sirocom, which specialises in the design, installation and operation of voice and date networks, has an annual turnover of £31m and employs 110 staff. Customers such as HSBC, STA Travel, Cadbury Schweppes, and BSkyB …
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2006
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TalkTalk Biz cosies up to channel

The man at the top of Talk Talk Business (TTB) says it uses the direct sales force to keep channel partners on their toes. This is a novel strategy for a company that wants to do more business with resellers and integrators, and to spread the word it is the third fourth largest ISP in the UK. Charles Bligh rocked up at TTB 15 …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2013
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'My work here is done, tata!' - Calyx Managed Services chief

Calyx Managed Services (MS) is splitting with CEO Martin Mackay after less than two years in the seat. Former Azzurri ops director Steve Clark will replace him. The departure date of Mackay, former European bigwig at Northgate Information Solutions and international veep at VeriSign is confirmed as the end of August. He pitched …
Paul Kunert, 31 Jul 2012
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Capita bags Quartermaine to run IT Services

Former Azzurri Communications chief exec Mark Quartermaine is set to take the reins at Capita IT services (ITS). Quartermaine, who resigned from the managed comms provider just before Christmas after nearly one-and-a-half years in the role, today confirmed he is set to rock up at Capita. "I am joining Capita at an exciting time …
Paul Kunert, 02 Feb 2012
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Bulging Kelway: Too big to get out of the obvious exits

Phil Doye acknowledges that 21 years after setting up reseller Kelway, he still doesn't have a key for the exit. The London-based firm is moving to rapidly integrate new buy Equanet, the once mighty IT dealer that was taken over by Dixons in 2007 and subsequently pulled apart and bent out of shape. The transaction is expected …
Paul Kunert, 25 Mar 2013
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Intrinsic Technology boss Mason exits

Intrinsic Technology bigwig Mike Mason has left the unified comms and cloud reseller less than eight months after leading a management buy-out. Management handed the princely sum of £30m – with the backing of by venture capitalist RJD Partners – to founder and majority shareholder Allan Gauld in July, with Mason remaining in the …
Paul Kunert, 02 Mar 2012
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Industry vetted for school portals

Ten education suppliers have been given permission by BECTA, the procurement quango for education, to sell learning portals to schools and colleges. Like other framework agreements under EU rules, the Learning Platform Services Framework, allows buyers to spend large amounts of money at a whim with vetted suppliers without …
Mark Ballard, 04 Jan 2007
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Becta to save cash for schools

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) has launched a new ICT Infrastructure Services Procurement Framework. The framework is expected to save "tens of millions" of pounds for education institutions, according to Becta. Around 16 suppliers will handle the framework, which covers system design, …
Kablenet, 10 Aug 2006
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Becta's schools software scheme reported to EC

An advisor to Becta, the education technology quango, has complained to the European Commission about its procurement process for firms to provide online learning platforms and content to British schools. Of 119 suppliers who expressed an interest last year in tendering to supply Learning Platforms - personalised, online …
Mark Ballard, 08 Jan 2007