Empa shrugs off staff losses

Components distributor Empa has vowed to ride the storm after losing the services of three senior employees inside the past month, including its senior VP Loay Qaddoura, who only joined the company in April.

  • E-Mail
By  Andrew Seymour Published  August 13, 2007

Components distributor Empa has vowed to ride the storm after losing the services of three senior employees inside the past month, including its senior VP Loay Qaddoura, who only joined the company in April.

Qaddoura tendered his resignation early last week after a clash over the future direction of the company. His decision to quit follows on from the recent departures of marketing manager Nafisat Mami and deputy sales manager Mohammad Taha, both of whom had served at Empa for several years.

Ex-Tech Data employee Qaddoura replaced long-serving Empa VP Savas Yucedag four months ago and immediately expressed his desire to strengthen Empa's position in areas such as logistics, credit and customer relations. He also spoke of helping Empa develop a stronger enterprise flavour to its portfolio. However, it is thought that Empa bosses are keen to continue the company's strategy of focusing primarily on the components distribution market.

When contacted by Channel Middle East, Qaddoura cited "different visions" between himself and the Empa board for his reason to leave the company. "I came with a particular agreement and plans but we have ended up having different visions," he said. "Right now I am looking at my options again."

Taha, meanwhile, said he had left in order to form his own entity in the IT distribution market. "I have been with Empa for four and a half years and think it is the right time to start my own business," he revealed.

Rahb Hamidaddin, president at Dubai-based Empa (pictured), confirmed that Qaddoura's duties will now be divided up between other members of the team. "It is very unfortunate that we could not find an acceptable mutual understanding," he said. "He is a great resource and we wish him all the best in his career. With the new realignment that we have embarked on in the last few months, the new organisational structure will not require us to seek a replacement, rather distribute his responsibilities."

The departure of Qaddoura, coming so soon after Mami and Taha left the company, has led to some channel sources speculating that Empa's recent decision to hire 10 former members of Tech Data's components division could have had an unsettling effect on other members of the team.

Hamidaddin acknowledges the possibility that more staff could leave as Empa continues to structure its business for growth, but says the company is confident it has the right long-term strategy. "We have tried to accommodate everybody but some might still feel that the change is not best for them personally. Empa is going through a major change and the TDME team is just one major part of this change. The new team has already proved its credibility and has integrated successfully within the Empa team. The success will be evident in the months ahead when the results are the real measure."

Add a Comment

Your display name This field is mandatory

Your e-mail address This field is mandatory (Your e-mail address won't be published)

Security code