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Movers and shakers: Recent new appointments and promotions in the tech sector

New MD for Synapse360 

Cloud solutions and managed services provider Synapse360 has promoted Stephen Douglas to Managing Director as it seeks to increase turnover by 500% over the next 5 years. Douglas has worked at the Dell Technologies Platinum Partner and VMware Partner for more than 14 years in a variety of roles, including Data Solutions Director and Sales Director. Since becoming part of the Manx Telecom group in 2019, Synapse360 has scaled rapidly and integrated connectivity and data centres into its service offering. Douglas said: “Synapse360 is a forward- thinking and ambitious company with clear growth targets and a strong leadership team. Our proposition is simple: we bring the best equipment, solutions, people and service to customers, solving their complex IT challenges so they can focus on running their businesses. It’s an exciting time as we set our sights on becoming a leader in the cloud and managed services market.” Synapse360 currently employs around 50 people. 


Daisy Group Neil Thompson

Neil Thompson joins Daisy Group from Manchester Airport Group
Neil Thompson
has joined Daisy Group as CFO, following the appointment of erstwhile Group CFO Steve Smith to the new position of Corporate Development Director, working with the Daisy Group Board on strategy and acquisitions. Thompson joins the communications, IT and cloud services provider from Manchester Airport Group (MAG), where, as Group CFO, he was part of the Executive team that more than trebled earnings over a seven-year period; oversaw several acquisitions, including MAG’s successful £1.5bn swoop for London Stansted airport; and led its inaugural and subsequent public market bonds and private equity issue. Daisy Founder and Chairman Matthew Riley said: “We’re delighted that Neil is joining Daisy as we embark on the next stage of our growth story. Neil brings a wealth of experience across both listed and private- funded businesses, driving strong growth and shareholder value. It’s an exciting time for the sector in an evolving technology market. Daisy is really well positioned to continue to grow and enable smarter IT, comms and cloud solutions for businesses across the UK.” 


Andy Boland

Andy Boland appointed DWS CFO 

Digital Wholesale Solutions (DWS), the partner platform for IT, communications and cloud, has appointed Andy Boland as Chief Financial Officer. As well as leading the DWS finance function, Boland will bring his extensive experience to support the leadership team as they pursue an independent growth strategy with the backing of private equity firm Inflexion. Boland was CEO of Addison Lee Group for five years until March 2020 and before that was CFO at the Automobile Association (AA), from 2008 to 2014, when it was sold via an accelerated IPO with an enterprise value of £4.5bn. He also served as CFO of TNS plc, the former FTSE250 global market research group, for five years leading up to its £1.2bn sale to WPP Plc in 2008, and, more recently, was Senior Independent Director of Huntsworth plc, prior to it being taken private in May 2020. Terry O’Brien, CEO of DWS, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Andy to the DWS team. We are an energetic, high growth, innovative company operating in a dynamic market, and I know that Andy will fit in quickly and have an immediate impact. His vast experience working in both private equity and public market-backed businesses will be invaluable to us as we embark on the next exciting chapter of our story.” DWS provides more than 5,500 partners in the UK with IT, communications and cloud services, including mobile, SaaS, broadband, ethernet and hosted voice, from vendors such as Vodafone, Microsoft, BT, O2, TTB and Virgin Media Business. 


Acronis CEO – Patrick Pulvermueller

Serguei Beloussov steps down as Acronis CEO
After securing more than $250 million in an investment round that values the company at over $2.5 billion ($1.5 billion more than 18 months ago), cyber protection company Acronis has appointed cloud software and hosting industry veteran Patrick Pulvermueller as Chief Executive Officer. He will replace Acronis founder and CEO Serguei Beloussov, who will remain a member of the Board of Directors and Acronis Chief Research Officer, directing the technology and research strategy. An expert in developing cloud-based go-to-market strategies, particularly through service providers, resale channels and strategic alliances, Pulvermueller joins Acronis from GoDaddy, where he most recently served as President of the Partner Business.  He said: “Acronis is poised to disrupt the data protection and cybersecurity markets while redefining how service providers leverage remote monitoring and management (RMM) and professional services automation (PSA) services. I look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience in the service provider business to ensure we take full advantage of that opportunity.” 


Fox-Martin to lead Google Cloud sales in EMEA
Google Cloud has appointed Adaire Fox-Martin as EMEA Cloud President with responsibility for leading the Google Cloud Sales organisation in EMEA, strengthening its go-to-market strategy and supporting customers’ digital transformation journeys. Based in Dublin, Fox-Martin has more than two decades of experience in tech leadership roles, most recently at SAP, where she was Executive Board Member and President of Global Sales, Services and Customer Engagement. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Equinix, the world’s largest data centre and colocation provider, and in 2020  was included on the international list of Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women, for the fourth time running. 


Golding appointed Brand Ambassador for Babble
James Golding
, the professional endurance cyclist, has joined cloud technology company Babble as Brand Ambassador with the goal of raising more than £500,000 for charity and inspiring people to achieve their ambitions. He said: “Positive change is contagious, and all positive change starts with a vision. Through my own experience I’ve come to understand that we can all achieve anything we want to – one step at a time. In partnership with Babble, I aim to show this to the next generation.” Since first being diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago, James has recovered twice, discovered cycling, competed in 21 multi-day events and raised over £3 million for charity. He is the only Briton to have held the Guinness Seven Day World record for distance cycling. With bases in London, Burton and Newcastle, Babble provides cloud communications, contact centre and cyber security solutions to more than 3,000 businesses. 


Michael Burke

Asolvi launches regional MD strategy 

Field service management software provider Asolvi is devolving decision- making and responsibility to a regional level with the creation of three regional Managing Directors, for the DACH region, the Nordics and the UK and Ireland.  The three new positions will be filled by Armin Alt, Jørgen Nytrø and Michael Burke respectively. Previously Chief Customer Officer at Asolvi, Michael Burke has extensive industry experience including a 12-year stint as CEO of Purpose Software, creator of the 2serv and CBS service management solutions. Asolvi provides market-leading service management solutions for copy/print (Evatic and Vantage Online), fire & security (AlarmMaster, Tivapp and Winserv) and foodservice equipment (Tesseract). 


Sarah Clark

UK head for start-up investor Clearco 

Clearco (formerly Clearbanc), an investor in e-commerce, mobile app and SaaS start-ups, plans to strengthen its presence in the UK with the appointment of Sarah Clark as its first international country manager. As UK Head, Clark, who led Paypal’s growth across EMEA and has held senior roles at Barclays Bank, Virgin Group, Sainsbury’s and British Airways, aims to build relationships with UK-based founders. She said: “Since entering the UK market in October 2020, we’ve invested £70M into more than 250 UK companies, including Druids Golf, Safiyaa and Piglet. I believe every founder building a business in the UK should be working with Clearco.” In a second major hire, Clearco has appointed serial entrepreneur, author and longtime Clearco investor Ruma Bose as Chief Growth Officer tasked with ensuring the company has the right strategy to expand into markets outside North America, including mainland Europe – Clearco started operations in the Netherlands in June – and Asia Pacific. Clearco, which recently completed a $100M Series C funding round, aims to democratise access to capital by using proprietary algorithms that are gender-, race-, and region-agnostic. In 2020, it funded eight times as many companies headed by female founders as traditional VC firms and directed 13% of its funding to companies headed by founders of colour, compared to 2.6% in traditional VC firms. Since it was founded, one third of all Clearco funding has gone to founders of colour. In the UK, 70% of businesses funded by Clearco are located outside London. 


Ed Rimmer

Rimmer CEO appointment made permanent
AIM-listed funding solutions provider Time Finance has appointed Ed Rimmer as CEO on a permanent basis. Rimmer, who was once Chief Operating Officer at the company, was appointed Interim CEO in April, since when he has been reacquainting himself with the business. Rimmer first joined Time Finance in 2017 as Managing Director of its newly established Commercial Finance division. Prior to that he was UK CEO of Bibby Financial Services, which he helped build into the largest independent operator in the invoice finance market. Operating from five locations across the UK – Bath, Cardiff, Abingdon, Manchester, and Warrington – Time Finance specialises in Asset Finance, Invoice Finance, Loans and Vehicle Finance, each year arranging £150million of funding for UK businesses. Other recent appointments at the company include Rob Walters, who has been made Business Development Manager of its Invoice Finance division, and Joe Ralphs, who has been made Head of Operations of the Asset Finance division. 


Walter Heck

Walter Heck promoted to HeleCloud Group Technology Officer
HeleCloud, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner based in the UK, Bulgaria and the Netherlands, is eyeing further growth with the promotion of Walter Heck from Netherlands Chief Technology Officer to Group Chief Technology Officer. His appointment comes after a year of strong growth in which HeleCloud increased revenues by 70%, took on an extra 30 AWS consultants and engineers and completed the acquisition of cloud-native software development company DataStork. The latter has taken HeleCloud into the cloud-native software development and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) space. As CTO, Heck will be responsible for integrating these capabilities with HeleCloud’s professional and managed service offerings, so that customers can leverage the best in new technology. 


Shaun Ritchie

Expert advice for Chargifi 

Former WeWork Chief Workplace Experience Officer Shaun Ritchie has joined Chargifi as a board advisor to help drive further adoption of the company’s Chargifi Wx hybrid working platform, which makes it easy for users to book desks and car park spaces, check-in, find colleagues, arrange meetings, monitor office occupancy levels and more. Ritchie joined the flexible workplace disruptor WeWork in 2018, when it acquired Teem, the workplace experience platform he co-founded in 2013. 


Delphix appoints Steve Barrettto EMEA role
Fast growing programmable data infrastructure pioneer Delphix has taken on Steve Barrett as Senior Vice President of International Operations with responsibility for leading revenue operations in EMEA and APJ. With more than 20 years’ experience in enterprise software and SaaS companies, Barrett joins Delphix from PagerDuty, where he led the European business from early stages to post-IPO as Vice President of EMEA. Based in the UK, Barrett has also served as Regional Vice President of the UK for Demandware, a Salesforce company, and held senior positions at EMC and Bottomline Technologies. Through its multi-cloud data platform, Delphix, which recently achieved non-GAAP profitability powered by a growth rate of 85%, enables enterprises to adopt cloud 30% faster, release software 50% faster and access 90% more data for AI/ML, while protecting personal data privacy and compliance. 


Jeremiah Grossman

Web security expert Jeremiah Grossman to take on advisory role at PureID
Web security expert Jeremiah Grossman is taking on an advisory role at PureID, the startup on a mission to eliminate passwords. With 20 years’ experience in the security industry, during which time he founded WhiteHat Security and built the world’s largest professional ‘hacking army’, Grossman has a track record of advising successful security start-ups. PureID, which delivers Passwordless- Authentication as a Service through resilient, multi cloud clusters, has completed its first full year of operation out of stealth mode and, with Grossman’s help, is looking to expand in the US, Europe and Australia. PureID Founder Ajit Hatti said: “To be able to offer the best authentication service, it’s critical that we’re aware of new techniques, innovative attacks and adversary tactics of the future. This is exactly where Jeremiah leads. His advice will help us to make our authentication service resilient and reliable for all our customers. Not only that, but his rich network will give us an incredible advantage over other startups in the infosec space.” 

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