The Channel logo


By | Paul Kunert 15th December 2015 22:34

Crayon UK CEO spies door marked exit, heads towards it - sources

Insiders: Gareth Johnson on way out? He's still among us, responds firm

Crayon has dismissed multiple insiders claims that UK CEO Gareth Johnson is leaving the business.

People close to the situation have told us that Johnson, previously head of software & SAM and training services at Kelway, is preparing to depart for new pastures after two and a quarter years at the helm.

Crayon branded the claims as “speculation”. A spokesman for the Microsoft enterprise licensing house said, “Gareth remains a Crayon employee”.

But this will not be the case much longer, sources insisted.

There is some talk that senior sales veep Frank Bitoun tried to bring in one member of his team to run the UK, causing the fall-out - this was unconfirmed at the time of writing but we are told lawyers are on alert.

Other than company politics, a disagreement over forecasted sales was also part of the problem, our sources have claimed.

The Crayon spokesman didn't elaborate on Johnson, but said:

“What I can tell you is that Crayon Group is implementing a programme of significant investment into the UK business ... designed to upgrade local market capabilities and accelerate growth.”

He didn't elaborate on this either.

In unrelated news, the Norwegian headquartered licensing and SAM business has grabbed a controlling stake in Oslo-based Puzzlepart Group, which sells Office 365 and SharePoint. The financials were not disclosed. Puzzlepart will continue to operate under its own brand.

Johnson has not yet responded to our email asking for comment. ®

comment icon Be the first to post a comment! alert Send corrections


Frank Jennings

What do you do? Use manual typwriters or live in a Scottish croft? Our man advises
A rusty petrol pump at an abandoned gas station. Pic by Silvia B. Jakiello via shutterstock

Trevor Pott

Among other things, Active Directory needs an overhaul
Baby looks taken aback/shocked/affronted. Photo by Shutterstock

Kat Hall

Plans for 2 million FTTP connections in next four years 'not enough'
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella


Suit-and-tie-wearing man tries to meditate, take deep breaths in faux yoga pose. Photo by Shutterstock
Emotional intelligence, not tech skills, is the way to woo suits
League of gentlemen poster - Tubbs and Edward at the local shop. Copyright BBC
One reselling man tells his tale of woe