ABC chief executive Simon Devitt has quit the organisation to join
the growing ranks of internet entrepreneurs.
Devitt joined the ABC in 1998 from VNU where he had climbed the sales
ladder to become a publishing director of the Dutch company’s business
and finance portfolio. He said he had ’always intended to stay longer
than two years’, but that ’a great opportunity’ had presented
He would not reveal the nature of his new business, except to say that
it is a business-to-business venture.
ABC chairman John Mayhead will take on a caretaker role at the
organisation until a successor is found.
Devitt said of the ABC: ’I think it’s in a better position than when I
started. We’ve got a great team in place at the top of the organisation,
and it’s now commercially stronger, which means the big publishers can’t
push us around.’