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First female Chief Executive for IBM UK

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IBM has poached Dr Nicola Hodson, one of Microsoft’s most senior global executives, to lead its UK and Ireland business. Replacing Sreeram Visvanathan, she will be the first female Chief Executive for IBM in the UK and Ireland.

Prior to her appointment, Dr Hodson was Microsoft’s Vice President of Customer & Partner Solutions, Transformation and a member of its global leadership team. She joined Microsoft in 2008 to lead its UK Public Sector business, before becoming the company’s UK Chief Operating Officer in 2012.

Dr Hodson is Deputy President of the techUK trade association and has Non- Executive Director roles at Beazley, Drax and Bramble Energy.

On taking up her position, she pointed out that IBM has great relevance for clients wanting to reduce costs, increase productivity and accelerate innovation thanks to its expertise as a global hybrid cloud, AI and business services provider.

She said: “This is a make-or-break time for all companies and organisations as they move at pace to transform, to adopt new technologies and business models and to deliver on their sustainability ambitions. IBM technology and consulting capabilities in hybrid cloud and AI are helping clients to accelerate their critical transformation journeys.”




Schneider Electric EMEA role for Marc Garner
Schneider Electric has promoted Marc Garner from Vice President, Secure Power Division in the UK and Ireland, to Senior Vice President, Secure Power Division in Europe.

In his new position, Garner, who has been with the company since joining its graduate program in 2005, will work with leaders in CEEI, DACH, France, Iberia, Ireland, Italy and the UK and the wider Schneider Electric partner ecosystem including Elite and Alliance IT Solution Partners, Distributors and Specifiers.

Last year Schneider launched the mySchneider IT Solutions Provider Partner Program to help partners specialise in sustainability, and helping to build the sustainable data centres of the future will be a major focus for Garner in his new role.

Garner said: “I look forward to working with our customers across the region to fulfil our mission of being their digital partner for sustainability and efficiency. I believe that digitalisation and electrification are the key vectors for decarbonisation, and that our company’s vision for Electricity 4.0 will be vital to help the data centre sector transition from a consumer to a prosumer to enable greater resilience of the grid.”



NTT Data appoints DEI VP   

Clare Stephens

NTT DATA UK&I has expanded its Senior Leadership Team with the appointment of Clare Stephens as VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Previously EMEA Diversity & Inclusion Leader at IBM, Stephens aims to drive forward NTT DATA’s existing DE&I initiatives and create new programmes to make the technology services industry more equitable.

NTT DATA has been recognised as a ‘Diversity Leader’ by the Financial Times for the past two years and Stephens’ appointment and position on the NTT DATA leadership team will ensure that DE&I is a central focus in all organisational decisions.



Marion Stewart


Marion Stewart takes on CEO role at Red Helix                   Marion Stewart has taken over from John Carson as CEO at UK cyber security and network performance specialist Red Helix. Previously Deputy CEO/COO, Stewart has managed several major initiatives since joining the company in late 2021, including a re-branding from Phoenix Datacom and the development of managed services for enterprise customers. She also helped the board devise Red Helix’s growth strategy following the LDC-backed management buyout of the business in 2021. Before joining Red Helix, Marion Stewart held C-suite roles at Savvis, Alternative Networks, Daisy and Pulsant.


Adrian Reid




New hire to drive 70% sales growth at Spicers
Wholesale business supplies specialist Spicers has recruited Adrian Reid as Business Development Director as it seeks to increase turnover by 70% in 2023. Reid was previously Sales Director at Nectere, where he was instrumental in doubling the company’s turnover in three years.

In his new role, he will be responsible for developing a pipeline of new business opportunities for the office products and workplace supplies brand, which recently received a sizeable investment from parent company Paragon Group to evolve its offering for dealers across the UK and Ireland.

Reid said: “The past three years have brought about the greatest changes our industry has seen in decades. Evolving working habits have altered the way procurement specialists work, as they want the freedom to order on their schedule. Dealers must therefore have a strong web offering and extended ranges of 500,000+ products if they’re to remain in business and have a robust proposition. I’m here to see that Spicers can help with that and welcome the chance to speak to dealers about how we can help them both now and going forward.”

NSSLGlobal appoints Group CCO                                                 NSSLGlobal, a UK-based provider of satellite communications and IT solutions, has appointed Paul Gudonis to the newly created role of Group Chief Commercial Officer, as it continues to expand its business globally. His recruitment follows the opening of new offices in 2022, rapid expansion of the company’s navcom engineering services and growth in its government and defence business. Previously CEO at AnsuR Technologies, a software-based video optimisation business headquartered in Norway, Gudonis has more than 25 years’ experience in telecommunications. He started out as a Telecommunications Technician in the British Army, where
he had experience of NSSLGlobal welfare services in Afghanistan and Iraq, before spending 13 years in a variety of commercial roles at Inmarsat.


Glenn Warwick


First Head of OT for Bridewell   

Against a backdrop of escalating cyber threats and an expanded
attack surface due to digital transformation and increased remote working, UK cyber security firm Bridewell has appointed Glenn Warwick as its first Head of Operational Technology (OT). With over
28 years’ experience in securing industrial control system environments, Warwick has been a Principal Lead Consultant
at Bridewell since 2019, heading up its Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), Utilities and Aviation squad.

The new role will help Bridewell strengthen clients’ OT security postures by undertaking research and development across OT cyber security areas and ensuring that Bridewell’s 24/7 managed detection and response (MDR) and consulting capabilities capture the evolving security challenges facing OT systems.

Warwick said: “As global OT environments increasingly converge with IT networks, clients across CNI are looking to Bridewell
to help secure these technologies through continuous threat detection and response. As Head of OT, I will continue to evolve Bridewell’s leading MDR and consultancy capabilities whilst driving vital research and development to address the most pressing security challenges in OT environments.”


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