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Khan joins Amdaris from Oracle
Amdaris, the nearshore software development business headquartered in Bristol, with offices in Moldova, Romania and Dubai, has appointed Dawood Khan as Sales Director, following the promotion of Dominic Bridgman to Group Commercial Director. Khan was previously UK and Ireland Sales Director (CX Marketing Cloud) at Oracle.

His appointment follows a £6m investment from BGF to support an ambitious growth plan based on strong organic growth and acquisitions.

Khan said: “Amdaris’ clear trajectory of growth attracted me to the role. It has grown 40% year on year for the last four years, and the investments made in the company validate it as a strong contender in the market.”

McMahon to drive growth at SAS
The Software Advisory Service (SAS), one of the UK’s fastest growing IT and software business consultancies, has appointed Melissa McMahon as Marketing Director to drive further growth in domestic and international markets.

Melissa McMahon

McMahon, who joins SAS from Edinburgh-based AI software company Dayshape, will report directly to the board of SAS parent company 4icg Group.

Her appointment follows the opening of a new SAS office in Tenerife, where SAS expects to create 150 jobs over the next two years. The company, which helps IT buyers make better investment decisions, already has offices in Glasgow, where McMahon will be based, London and Malaga.

McMahon has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic marketing roles in the UK and Washington, including at Skyscanner, American Express and Capgemini.

Andrew Gill

Nutanix appoints Gill as Channel Director
Multi-cloud computing specialist Nutanix has appointed Andrew Gill as Channel Director for Western Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.

Joining from IBM, where he was Director of Partner Ecosystems, Gill will be responsible for all channel and OEM activities in WEURSSA, overseeing Nutanix’s go-to-market relationships with resellers, distributors, regional system integrators and technology partners.

Gill will also play a key role in driving channel-focused initiatives such as Nutanix Cloud Bundles, a strategic and unified offering to access Nutanix enterprise cloud software and solutions.

Happy move for Jimmy Fitzgerald
Jimmy Fitzgerald, former Senior Vice President of Customer Outcomes at ServiceNow, has joined HappySignals as a Board member and Investor.

Jimmy Fitzgerald

Founded in 2014, HappySignals is an Employee Experience Management platform for IT that measures experience data and connects it to operational data, enabling enterprises to change their culture to be more open, outcome-focused and data-driven. It claims that by managing the experiences of employees its customers have been able to make staff happier and increase productivity by an average of 26%.

Fitzgerald said: “Global enterprises are looking for help with how they can continue to listen and sense end-user experiences, and how to take that feedback to make IT services better on a continuous basis. It’s no longer good enough just to focus on technology and process. IT services need to make the everyday life of an end-user more efficient and more engaging. The only way to do this is to measure end-user experiences and act based on that feedback.”

Matt Cox
David Turner

Force24 strengthens leadership team
Marketing automation platform Force24 has strengthened its leadership team with the appointments of David Turner as Chief Technology Officer and Matt Cox as Finance Director.

The UK-built multichannel marketing automation platform powers personalised email, SMS, direct mail and social media for more than 2,500 B2B and B2C brands including JML, BBC Children in Need and Michelin.

Co-founder and Commercial Director Nick Washbourne said: “David and Matt’s appointments are crucial to how we maintain our presence as the UK’s fastest growing marketing automation platform. They’ll both play pivotal roles in supporting our mission to effectively roll out more intuitive features and expand our services, longer term, across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the USA. We’re excited to see how they can help us achieve our international ambitions.”

David Turner, previously a channel partner manager with software company Red Hat, will focus on building Force24’s product management and product engineering capabilities to enhance the customer experience for client brands.

Matt Cox has more than 10 years’ experience helping dynamic technology and IT businesses manage their budgets and systems, including director roles at edtech firm Tribal Group and cloud-based software provider Epos Now.

These new appointments bring Force24’s headcount to 76 and further its aim to triple headcount to 170 by 2024.

Steve Kendall-Smith

New UK MD for Lexmark
Lexmark has appointed Steve Kendall-Smith as its new UK Managing Director with responsibility for day-to-day operations across Lexmark’s enterprise and channel business in the UK. He joins Lexmark from cloud-data services company NetApp, where for the last five years he was Director of Sales and OEM. Before that, he held leadership positions at several IT vendors including Fujitsu Siemens, Lenovo and Dell.

Patrick Young
Greg Bennett

Exertis expands Teams team
Exertis Pro AV, part of Microsoft’s new Distribution and Channel program for Teams Room systems, has appointed Patrick Young as Microsoft Teams Specialist. Reporting to Greg Bennett, Head of AV Solutions, Patrick will be responsible for enhancing Exertis Pro AV’s Microsoft Teams offering of certified hardware, services and Teams Room and Teams Room Premium licences.

Bennett said: “We’re really excited to welcome Patrick to the Exertis Pro AV Team. As a key distribution partner for Microsoft, recruiting Patrick into the team with his talent, knowledge and experience will provide our customers with a fantastic resource to support them on the design, deployment and adoption of Microsoft Teams Rooms solutions. Combined with our extensive portfolio of Microsoft Teams Rooms products, certified devices, Microsoft Cloud Service Partner (CSP) status and a wealth of tools and services, Exertis Pro AV are uniquely placed to support our channel partners on all things Microsoft Teams.”

New Head of Global Sales for HiHo Solutions
Manchester-based telecoms distributor NB Data has appointed James Burns as Head of Global Sales for HiHo Solutions, its own brand of webcams, headsets, USB accessories and PPE.

Burns, who previously held sales roles at Exertis and Nimans, will lead the sales strategy across the HiHo Solutions portfolio and develop relationships with partners globally.

NB Data MD Neil Hinde said: “We’ve known James since his first spell at Nimans and he will be a great asset to the HiHo Solutions brand, driving new relationships, taking new products to market, and strengthening our position as a manufacturer of products that have helped us double our turnover.”

Oliver Reece
Seth Vaughan
Ryan Sorby

Northern powerhouse boost for BOOST&Co
Alternative lender BOOST&Co is tripling the size of its Manchester office as it seeks to increase its investments in the north and Scotland with tailored term loans for innovative, fast-growing firms, particularly in the TMT sector.

Ryan Sorby, who has led the Manchester office since its inception in late 2018, is taking on the new role of Head of the North and Scotland. To assist him, he has appointed two new Manchester-based principals – Oliver Reece, who previously worked for Tosca Debt Capital, and Seth Vaughan, who was previously at Lloyds Bank. A third new principal based in Leeds will be starting in April.

BOOST&Co has offices in London, Bristol and Cambridge, in addition to Manchester, and experienced principals in Birmingham, Reading, Southampton and, now, Leeds.

Phil Duggan
Sean Lowry

New recruits to Glide senior leadership team
Glide Group, a leader in ultra-fast broadband connectivity and fibre infrastructure, has expanded its senior leadership team with the appointments of Sean Lowry as Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Phil Duggan as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Lowry, previously CTO at business internet service provider Solar Communications, will direct Glide’s product innovation, future technology strategies, software development and data insights.

Duggan, with more than 25 years’ experience deploying and maintaining large infrastructure projects at large Tier 1 carriers, will be responsible for all operations, including logistics, provisioning, fibre delivery, field maintenance and customer services.

Hicking dives in at Jigsaw24
B2B technology solutions provider Jigsaw24 has appointed the former Brand Director at Speedo, Rob Hicking, as its Chief Financial Officer. In his new role, Hicking will be responsible for the entire financial function of the company, as well as being involved in commercial areas like strategic planning, forecasting, business intelligence and acquisitions.

Hicking joins Jigsaw24 after nine years at Pentland Brands, owner of Speedo, Berghaus, Ellesse and other brands, where he led the finance function for Speedo before becoming CFO and then Brand Director. Prior to that he was Finance Director at retailer Joules.

Jigsaw24 provides specialist IT services and solutions to customers across the enterprise, education and media and broadcast sectors.

Cas Paton

First CCO for OnBuy
Following a period of rapid growth that has seen its headcount rise to 75, UK-based online marketplace OnBuy is making a series of C-suite hires, starting with the appointment of ex-eBay Director Mark Lister as its first Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).

Before being headhunted to grow a marketplace in Kuwait, Mark held the position of Senior Director in eBay Classified Group’s (eCG) commercial business function.

Cas Paton, founder and CEO of OnBuy, said: “I’m pleased to be welcoming Mark to the ever expanding OnBuy team at such a critical and exciting time for the business. The global industry experience Mark brings from big names will be invaluable to OnBuy as we continue our worldwide expansion. Mark has grown businesses in the UK, North America and the Middle East, so I’m confident that this level of expertise will drive OnBuy forward even faster.”

Sophie Huntbach
Katie Fosten

Trenches Law doubles headcount
Trenches Law, a legal firm specialising in telecoms and technology, has doubled its workforce to 19, with the appointment of 10 new recruits to support growing demand for its services as the Government plans for a gigabit-capable UK by 2025.

Its services include the provision of legal counsel – including contract negotiations, drafting agreements and applying for Code powers – and managed wayleave services for telecoms operators, alt-nets, wholesalers and resellers.

Louise Ford
Hannah Ali Harmes
Leigh Collins

New recruits include Katie Fosten, Wayleave Manager; Louise Ford, Wayleave Officer; Sophie Huntbach, Training and Compliance Manager; Leigh Collins, Project Manager; Hannah Ali-Harmes, Finance Manager; and five new members of its marketing and operations teams.

Trenches plans to more than double its workforce again to 50 people by the end of 2021.

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