I rarely write about staff changes in organizations, particularly hires, since I don’t really care, and my web stats confirm few others do.
But … once in a while I get word on a change that’s notable, and today I learned Raffi Vartian is leaving Signagelive after roughly five years with the company. HQ is in the south England countryside but Raffi has always worked out of Chicago. He’s been the guy who’s really built up the North American business and partner program, and as business got strong enough to warrant it, added actual staff to take that off his shoulders.
With senior sales and channel people in place, and things ticking along nicely (sales up 60+%), he’s been doing the role of CMO for the company, but he wasn’t feeling that. “I run my mouth for a living, and I can’t do that in this role,” he joked on a call this afternoon.
If you know Vartian, he’s a scrappy Chicago guy raised on politics, and he even spent five years early in his working life doing various political jobs in DC in the US House of Representatives.
It’s a totally amicable parting of ways, and working pretty much on Vartian’s terms – in that he can hang around as late as Nov. 1, but can split earlier if the right gig comes along. He’s already talking to a couple of companies, but until/if one firms up, he’s happy to yak with others about senior gigs that play to his strengths of presentation, sales and strategy.
The official word, via his boss Jason Cremins, who was on the call, as well:
As the first employee of Signagelive Inc. in North America, he has been integral to the establishment of Signagelive in the region during his four and half years in the business. Until his departure date, Raffi will continue to work directly with me.
Raffi wants to stay in the business, which is good. He can be a bit of terrier, not shy about his opinions or needs, but is a very nice man, totally devoted to his young family.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.