Singapore publishing company boss tweets sacking two of his most senior staff

James Smith tweetThe boss of a Singapore publishing company tweeted today that his two most senior executives have abruptly left the company.

James Smith, the group managing director of public sector technology publishing and events firm Alphabet Media tweeted this afternoon that Mohit Sagar and Ellen Quek, the MD for conferences and general manager, respectively, have “left their roles” and he would be absorbing their duties.

Mohit Sagar




According to sources the company, better known for the brand FutureGov, had been experiencing some upheaval in its events division, the most lucrative part of the company.

Sagar, who was Smith’s number two, joined Alphabet just over five years ago from conferences giant Worldwide Business Research, where he was head of sales for Asia and the Middle East.

Quek was promoted to general manager just seven months ago, after almost six years as country sales director and two and a half as general manager of sales. She was by some margin the company’s leading revenue generator, according to sources within the company.

Smith has not responded to Mumbrella’s request for comment on the reasons behind their departures, or whether replacements had been lined up to fill their roles.

The news emerges six months after Alphabet Media was sued by a former sales executive over unpaid salary. The court hearing was made public after Smith posted an image of the court room door on FutureGov’s Instagram page with the message: “It’s not all flowers and butterflies at Alphabet – sometimes we have ex-staff break their contract and make unreasonable claims.”

The court found in favour of the former staffer over wages amounting to S$2,700 (US$2,160).

Smith founded Alphabet in 2003.

  • Disclaimer: The author of this story was an employee of Alphabet Media from February 2009 – December 2010.

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