Pioneer lose a GM, but it’s not what you think

By Patrick Avenell

In a somewhat amusing case of bad timing, Pioneer has this morning announced that its former general manager of mobile entertainment, Richard Bragg, has resigned. Bragg had worked for the Australian subsidiary for 30 years.

Pioneer are stressing that this resignation is not linked in any way to the losses reported to the Japanese stock exchange last night or to scurrilous rumours that the local office was set to be closed. Pioneer general manager of corporate planning and strategy, Rob Thompson, told Current.com.au that no job losses were planned in the Australian office at this stage.

Speaking about his departure from Pioneer, Bragg stressed that the circumstances behind the move.

“After careful consideration over my recent holidays, I have decided after 30 years service it’s time to dedicate my time to a new challenge,” said Bragg.

“My years at Pioneer have been very fulfilling and I have made many strong friendships. This is a difficult decision based on the need for change.”

Upon hearing of Bragg’s departure, Thompson was quick to both thank him for his service and stress that this was a bad coincidence and not a harbinger of doom.

“Richard has been instrumental in the success of Pioneer’s mobile entertainment division over the last 30 years,” said Thompson.

Richard’s decision to leave is by no means related to last night’s company global announcement, but rather based on a personal desire for change.”

Pioneer reports that Chris Kotis, the national sales manager for mobile entertainment has assumed a caretaker role in Bragg’s former position.

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