Jackson quits United Electrical Group

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Former Westan marketing director Phil Jackson has quit as CEO of United Electrical Group after only two months in the job.

Former Westan marketing director Phil Jackson has quit as CEO of United Electrical Group (UEG) after only two months in the job.

Jackson resigned last Wednesday citing a disagreement with the board on the "future direction of the company".

"I wish them all the best for the future," he said. He declined to comment further.

Company founder Vern Rickman, who became chairman when Jackson was posted as CEO, said Jackson's decision came down to the expected relocation of its Victorian office from Archies Creek near Phillip Island to Dandenong in August.

Due to issues with "strata title" at the Dandenong location, UEG couldn’t make the move until the end of the year and Jackson was disappointed that the move wasn't on schedule, according to Rickman. Jackson was commuting for up o two hours every day.

The plan "hadn't worked out to everyone's expectations", Rickman said.

Rickman said Jackson was "showing a level of professionalism" that the company was happy with, but the long commute was becoming a problem. "We've lost a good player," he said.

Jackson was employed to develop a consistent structure across the company's four business units and deliver new value-added services and improve UEG's Australian Reseller Association.

Jackson was with Westan for more than two years and had also previously run tape library outfit PC Solutions.

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