Ashish Bharti leaves Redington for second time
Volume chief expected to take on management role at rival distributor Metra in New Year
Ashish Bharti, one of IT powerhouse Redington Gulf's most senior executives, has left the company.
Market sources say Bharti will take up a management post at rival distributor Metra Computer in the New Year.
Egypt-based Metra has been looking to replenish its management team in the Gulf. It is thought that Bharti has been lined up for a similar role held by Metra's former regional managing director, NY Prasad, who left for Dell Middle East earlier this year.
Redington Gulf confirmed that Bharti left the company last week and said director Raj Shankar, who splits his time between Singapore and the Middle East, would be responsible for Bharti's duties in the interim.
Bharti has been running Redington's PC and components business for the last two years and was recently promoted to a broader volume role after the exit of Vineeth Sebastian, also to Dell.
Bharti has extensive experience of the Gulf IT channel, having initially started out at Jumbo Electronics. He first joined Redington in 2002 before moving to Dell as consumer channel manager in 2007. He then rejoined Redington two years later.
Bharti's departure caps a year of senior management changes at many of the region's largest distribution houses, including Emitac, Jumbo and Logicom in addition to Redington and Metra.
Logicom last month appointed Demetris Demetriou as its new general manager for the Middle East after Nicholas Argyrides left the company to run Premier East, an auditing and financial services specialist.