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Kevin Gilroy, CEO of OnForce announced on Oct. 23 that he will leave the company at the end of December, barely a year into his tenure.

Gilroy will remain a shareholder and a “strategic advisor” to the company, which operates an online marketplace for IT services, the company said in a prepared statement.

Gilroy joined the startup company as vice president and general manager last November when it was known as and associated primarily with low tech IT repairs.

Gilroy, who had a 24-year career at Hewlett-Packard, two as channel chief, before joining, took the reins as president in April and CEO in June and oversaw the company’s effort to evolve into a clearinghouse for more sophisticated IT services, such as infrastructure and network integration.

Under Gilroy, the company rebranded itself as OnForce, launched a more robust Web site with the ability to search by technical silo and hired sales and marketing executives from high-end vendors such as Intel and HP.

The company is directing resources at key verticals and sub-verticals where there is particular opportunity.

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The site has come under criticism from VARs who argue the service, which allows service providers to bid for work orders in real time, commoditizes services.

Gilroy has defended the practice as allowing the market to determine the price.