Alistair Sim, co-founder of design agency Love, has left the Manchester-based business with immediate effect.
Sim, 35, resigned from the agency after he admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was given a four month suspended prison sentence at Stockport Magistrates Court on Wednesday (26/11).
Love director and founder member of the agency, Dave Palmer, said: “We were aware that Alistair was having some personal problems, but the severity of the situation has meant that his position has become untenable at Love. It was Alistair’s decision to step down, and under the circumstances it was the right decision to make.
"Undoubtedly, this is an extremely traumatic time for Alistair and his family, and, although we cannot condone his actions in any way, we are very sympathetic to all involved. Alistair hasn’t been involved in the day to day running and strategic direction of client accounts for some time, and his departure, will have no impact in this area."
Palmer explained that earlier this year, the agency created a second tier management board to provide the agency’s directors with 'strategic support'. "An internal team of six, made up of Darren Hughes, Richard Hall, Chris Conlan, Dave Bevan, Jono Brain, and Paul Chorlton, will continue to support directors Phil Skegg and myself," he said. "With this structure now well established, Alistair’s departure will have no impact on Love’s day to day client business."
Phil Skegg, director, added: "Love will continue to do what it’s always done: to inspire, produce and protect outstanding creative work for our clients.This work comes before everything else."
Sim, who remains a shareholder in Love, established the Northern Quarter-based agency seven years ago and its clients include Playstation, BBC and Microsoft.