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Recent movers and shakers within the tech sector…

New CEO for Flomatik
Flomatik, a provider of network design, engineering and project management services, has promoted Dean Checkley from chief delivery officer to CEO. Checkley, who started out as an apprentice at GEC Telecommunications in Coventry when he was just 16, has held senior positions in the public and private sectors, including interim Managing Director for Rural Optic (part of Airband Community Internet), Head of Shared Services and IT operations at The Law Society, and Director of Service and Operations at Virgin Media Business WiFi. Hampshire-headquartered Flomatik provides tailored network services to companies building the next generation of communication infrastructure and services, among them Virgin Media, CityFibre Holdings, toob, Swish, WightFibre and FibreNation.

James Watts, OnBuy

OnBuy recruits C-suite
Hot on the heels of its appointment of ex-eBay Director Mark Lister as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), fast growing online marketplace has announced two more C-suite hires – Chief Financial Officer James Watts and Chief Marketing Officer Aron Cody-Boutcher. Watts joins after 12 years at Deloitte, WPP Group and, most recently, Richmond Group, erstwhile parent company of Amigo Loans. Cody-Boutcher previously held high-ranking positions at Seasalt, where he was Chief Customer Officer; kitchenware and catering equipment retailer Nisbets, where he was Head of Ecommerce UK and Ireland; and footwear manufacturer and retailer Clarks, where he was Global Digital Brand Manager. Founded in November 2016, is adding to its 85-person headcount after its third consecutive year of 600+% year on year growth.

Expanded UK leadership team to extend Solarwinds’ reach
SolarWinds, a leader in IT operations management solutions, has expanded its leadership team in the UK and Ireland, with the appointment of a new Senior Sales Director to work alongside Group Vice President EMEA Sales Ludovic Neveu. Charles Damerell brings more than 20 years’ experience of the technology sector, including spells at Astadia, AVG, T-Mobile and International Network Services (INS). Neveu said: “Welcoming Charles onto our UKI leadership team is a major step in our ambitious sales strategy focused on building collaborative business relationships and expanding beyond traditional market sectors. His experience will help us to grow the existing sales team, focus on strategic alliances and expand channel business. Charles’s appointment will also help SolarWinds explore new opportunities, growing into new market sectors, including education, public sector and local government.”

CityFibre Matt-Walker

Walker joins CityFibre
Comms industry veteran Matt Walker has joined CityFibre as its new Director of Customer Delivery and Assurance with responsibility for the national digital infrastructure platform’s provisioning, customer service, Network Operations Centre and technical support teams. Walker brings a wealth of customer service experience to CityFibre from his time as Director of Customer Service for Consumer Business at Openreach. He said: “My focus will be on ensuring we provide consistent, reliable performance for our partners and for their customers. I believe transparency on performance is critical, and I look forward to building and developing the relationships we have with our partners so we can jointly innovate to co-create additional value for all and ensure a superior customer experience.”

inurface Nareen Patel

Naren Patel added to inurface advisory board
Experiential technology business inurface group has recruited out of home (OOH) technology veteran Naren Patel to its businesses advisory board. Patel led Primesight through a stock market flotation, sale, buy back and massive growth, before finally selling it to Global Radio in 2018, since when he has launched the Geoprove verification system and built-up the Media for All mentoring network. As a member of inurface’s advisory board, Patel will help CEO Josh Bunce and his management team navigate changes in the DOOH and retail sectors and devise and implement a wider business strategy encompassing acquisitions.

New Head for Panasonic TOUGHBOOK division
Panasonic has appointed Daichi Kato as its Head of Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe. A Panasonic executive for

Daichi Kato

almost 20 years, Kato aims to build on Panasonic TOUGHBOOK’s 25-year history as the leading European rugged mobile computing manufacturer by providing customers with end-to-end solutions that can help transform the way they operate. He said: “Panasonic TOUGHBOOK has built a strong reputation for innovative, ergonomically designed and rugged notebooks, tablets and handheld devices and we will continue that expansion but plan to go much further. Our end-to-end mobile solutions incorporate Gemba Process Innovation to analyse customer processes and design new technology solutions; Proservices to design, manufacture and support customised deployments; and Enterprise Software Solutions for customer app design, Android and Windows management tools and real-time device monitoring.”

More change at TOUGHBOOK

Mike Willett

In another change at its Mobile Solutions Business, Panasonic has appointed Michael Willett as the division’s UK & Ireland key account manager for retail, transportation & logistics (T&L) and manufacturing. Chris Turner, Country Manager for UK & Ireland at TOUGHBOOK, said: “Over the years, TOUGHBOOK has built a successful track record and strong presence with the big players in these sectors. Introducing Michael to the team will help broaden our reach across the wider industry, reaching businesses of all sizes. We’re also looking to drive awareness of our unique TOUGHBOOK-as-a-Service offering and the additional professional solutions we can offer mobile workforces in this sector, moving the focus solely from hardware to our wider mobile business solutions.”

CCS promotion for Moffitt

Andy Moffatt

Telephony and managed print services provider Corona Corporate Solutions (CCS) has appointed Andy Moffitt as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), following the departure of founder and former CEO James Stephens. Moffitt joined CCS as Service Director in August 2020, after 20 ears at Computacenter, the global IT services organisation. In his new role, Moffitt will continue to grow the company through acquisition, building on the nine that CCS has made since it was founded in 2007.

Veritas move for Cashman
Data protection company Veritas has appointed Barry Cashman as its new Regional Vice-President for the UK & Ireland. Cashman joins Veritas from Micro Focus where he has spent the last four years as VP and General Manager, UK&I. Before that, he worked at VCE for two years, where he was Vice President, EMEA, and at EMC where he was ultimately responsible for the company’s $2 billion EMEA enterprise business.

UK MD to drive Globant expansion

Stuart Deignan

Globant, an IT and software development company specialising in digital consulting, technology, software development and emerging technologies, has appointed Stuart Deignan as its UK Managing Director. Joining from competitor ThoughtWorks, Deignan will implement Globant’s UK expansion plans, which have already seen it open a new London office in Hatton Garden and expand its multi-cloud digital transformation capabilities with the acquisition of CloudShift. Deignan said: “The UK is an important market both domestically and as a gateway to Europe and beyond. In my new role as UK Managing Director, I plan to replicate Globant’s explosive growth across LATAM and EMEA here in the UK.” With 16,000 employees in 18 countries, Globant provides end-to-end IT and software solutions to a range of customers including the Metropolitan Police, EA Games, Autodesk, Santander, HSBC, Coca Cola, American Express and National Geographic.

HUMAN expands its UK presence

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Following its expansion into the UK last year and its change of name from White Ops, anti-bot/ad fraud specialist HUMAN is raising its profile on these shores with the appointments of Chris Brown, as VP of International Sales, and Mark Phillips, as VP of Solution Architecture for EMEA and APAC. Between them, Brown and Phillips have more than 40 years’ experience in technology and security, including spells at Symantec, McAfee, Zivver (Brown) and Bitdefender, MalwareBytes, FireEye, Trend Micro (Phillips). HUMAN, which was acquired by Goldman Sachs in partnership with ClearSky Security and NightDragon in December, protects organisations and internet platforms from bot attacks and fraud by verifying that humans and not bots are present in ten trillion digital interactions each week.

Acquisitions big focus for FluidOne CFO

Roy Hastings

Livingbridge-backed connected cloud solutions provider FluidOne is supporting its buy and build growth strategy with the appointment of Roy Hastings as CFO. In addition to leading the finance team, Hastings, who joined the company in November, will play a leading role in FluidOne’s acquisition strategy alongside CEO Russell Horton. His appointment follows the company’s acquisitions of PSU in October 2020 and Cyber Security Associates in January 2021. These added IT managed services/unified communications and advanced security capabilities to FluidOne’s portfolio of connectivity services delivered via its national fibre network (Platform One). A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Hastings previously worked as an M&A Director at a FTSE 100 company and within the corporate finance advisory arm of a ‘Big 4’ accountancy firm, where he was involved in corporate finance transactions, with valuations ranging from under £1m to £5bn. FluidOne is a £37 million turnover company, providing 1,150 customers, including 200 channel resellers, with connectivity, SD-WAN, cyber security, IT managed services, mobile, IoT, UCaaS and CCaaS.

Martin Harriman


Jola appoints board members following BGF investment
Jola, the channel-only eSIM MVNO, providing IoT and mobile data solutions to MSPs, ISPs, IT support companies and telecommunications resellers, has appointed three new board members, following a £10.25m investment from BGF. These are Non-Executive Director Martin Harriman, who has worked for some of the largest companies in the telecoms sector, including Telefonica, where he was CEO, O2, Ericsson Marconi and Lightsquared; Chief Financial Officer Ronnie Smith, previously CFO at Spiritel and co-founder/CFO of Six Degrees Group, who joined Jola in June 2020 and guided the company through the BGF investment; and Investor Director Seb Saywood, who joined BGF in January 2018.

Cheryl Martin

New head of security at Adarma
Cheryl Martin has joined independent cyber security services company Adarma as head of Security Consulting in its London office. She was previously Senior Managing Director at Gartner Consulting, where she led the financial services arm, and before that an equity partner in EY’s EMEA Financial Services Technology Advisory team. Her appointment follows the recruitment of ex-Cisco Global Vice President John Maynard as Adarma’s new CEO in November 2020. Alongside her role as head of Security Consulting, Cheryl will be responsible for driving Adarma’s equality, diversity and inclusion activities.

Privacy first for Auth0
Auth0, provider of a platform to authenticate, authorise and secure access for applications, devices and users, has

Lucy McGrath

appointed Lucy McGrath as its first Vice President of Privacy. Based in London, the international data privacy lawyer will lead the company’s global data privacy programmes, further embed privacy-by-design principles into Auth0’s products and processes and continue to shape a culture of privacy for the company and its customers. McGrath has 20 years of data privacy experience working with Fortune 500 brands, including Thermo Fisher Scientific, Promontory Financial Group (an IBM Company), NBCUniversal, Salesforce and TJX Europe.

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Six degrees promotion for Simon Crawley-Trice
UK-based secure cloud services provider Six Degrees has promoted Simon Crawley-Trice to CEO, following the elevation of David Howson to Chairperson of the Board. Crawley-Trice joined Six degrees as Practice Group Managing Director in October 2020. Before that, he was part of the EMEA Executive team at Rackspace, where he led the company’s growth in public cloud, application, data managed services and professional services. Howson said: “I’m immensely proud of everything we’ve achieved over the past four years, culminating this year in the launch of our powerful Beyond Cloud proposition and our newly awarded status as an Azure Expert MSP. Six Degrees is now entering the next stage of its growth journey and we recruited Simon last year in anticipation of these changes.”

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