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By | Paul Kunert 7th October 2013 13:14

Vohkus hauls in former Kelway officer as COO

Craig Compton taksed with building £100m sales engine

Kelway's former chief bean counter Craig Compton has bagged a seat on the board and keys to the COO's office at south coast-based reseller Vohkus.

Compton left Kelway in the summer of 2011 after three and a half year stint during which the company hoovered up targets including Panacea, Repton and ISC Networks.

The abacus stroker worked as a consultant for Vohkus over the past 12 months and now chief exec Ritchie Sharma wants to make the move altogether more permanent.

Sharma told El Chan that he is eyeing up organic growth with the grand ambition to become a £100m player by 2017 - rolling out targets is easy.

“We have the capability to make strategic acquisitions, which cannot be ruled out, [but] we project that the majority of our growth will be organic," he said.

The company is expecting to double its sales heads to 60 people by the end of this current fiscal year ended May.

In the year to 31 May '12, the last available results for Vohkus at Companies House, turnover jumped to £36.8m from £33.2m in the prior fiscal, but operating profit slipped by a fifth to £466k.

Prior to Kelway, Compton was EMEA FD for Veritas and EMEA/ APAC finance director for Mercury Interactive. ®

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