Employee unable to withdraw resignation

|Canadian Employment Law Today

Andrew Kieran commenced working for Ingram Micro Inc. in November 1989. By 1997 he had reached the position of senior vice-president purchasing. Mr. Kieran was good at his job and this was reflected by the fact that his salary increased from his starting salary of $100,000 to $209,616 per annum plus bonuses by 1997.

Problems began to arise for Mr. Kieran at Ingram in December 1996 when Larry Elchesen, president of Ingram, left, leaving a vacancy in that position. During Ingram’s search for a new president an arrangement was reached internally to cope with the vacancy.

A troika-like arrangement was created called the “office of the president” (OTP). The OTP consisted of Mr. Kieran, Gordon Schofield, senior vice-president sales, and Robert Carbery, senior vice-president finance. David Rutledge, president of Ingram Micro Asia-Pacific, became responsible for Ingram Canada as a “president-in- absentia.”