Crayon still hasn't found what it's looking for... a UK CEO

Search goes on as chosen candidate cocks snook, says no thanks to software licensing biz

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Microsoft enterprise licensing specialist Crayon is back interviewing staff for the vacancy at the top of the UK organisation after its chosen candidate refused the job at the eleventh hour.

The position has been empty ever since former incumbent CEO Gareth Johnson split in January, as we revealed late last year.

Company insiders said the business put several prospects through their paces in a fairly exhaustive exercise and then selected the exec only to be turned down.

“These things aren’t linear, sometimes they go wrong,” said one source, “Crayon is having to redo the process all over again”.

The Channel has not had the candidate confirmed.

Crayon is one of Microsoft’s top ten licensing slingers worldwide but it lacks scale in the UK, which is itself one of the biggest markets in Europe. Getting the exec line-up right here is vital.

A spokesman at the reseller-cum-service provider described Blighty as “one of the largest single opportunities to grow within their existing worldwide business footprints”.

But competition in the UK supplier landscape is incredibly competitive and so “the choice of leader for the Crayon UK business is therefore receiving significant high level attention”.

“Candidate requirements are exacting and it should not be a surprise that the process is taking some time to complete,” it added.

Former Insight sales chief Frank Bitoun, who is global sales senior veep at Crayon, is baby-sitting the UK subsidiary. ®

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