Employees desert the company to commit themselves to charity.
After 33 years service, Mark Mills will be leaving SEIKO UK at the end the month, to be replaced by Rob Wilson in the role of technical support manager.
Mills has decided to devote his energies to charitable work. He intends to fulfil a life-long dream of travelling, before dedicating himself to work full time at Mission Direct, a Christian charity that supports locally-led initiatives helping poor people around the world.
Mills joined the company in June 1977 when it was known as SEIKO Time (UK) Limited and was based in Guildford, Surrey.
In 1992, Mills was appointed to his current position of technical support manager in recognition of his unparalleled technical knowledge and ability to communicate clearly with colleagues, customers and suppliers alike.
Following Mills’ retirement, with effect from August 1 2010, the role of technical support manager will be filled by Rob Wilson.
SEIKO director David Harnby said: “Mark has been a magnificent and loyal employee of SEIKO for over 30 years, during which time he has always proved himself to be exemplary in every facet of watch-making expertise. We wish Mark every success in his new ventures and at the same time welcome the opportunity for Rob to follow in Mark’s footsteps.”
The departure comes at the same time that service and operations manager Stephen Doyle has decided to leave the company, after 23 years of service, to go work for the Crohns in Childhood Research Association. His responsibilities will be taken on by Dave Powell.