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Sep
8
Node4 appoints Leon Keller as Director of M&A
Posted by Tom Hassan on 08 September 2017 03:16 PM

Node4 has recently appointed Leon Keller as Director of Mergers and Acquisition (M&A)

Leon Keller’s new appointment will help the company fulfil its ambitious growth and acquisition plans over the next three years, which includes £40 million of committed follow-up funds from Bowmark Capital. Mr. Keller joins the team to help shape an M&A strategy that utilises this investment to continue to add value to Node4’s customers.

Mr Keller brings over 12 years of M&A expertise and an impressive track record with Node4. He has been working with Andy Gilbert, CEO of Node4, for over seven years. He was previously an external consultant advising the company on its recent acquisitions and deals, including database management services firm Onomi in May, the orginal MBO backed by LDC, and the secondary MBO of Node4 backed by Bowmark Capital in October.

Andy Gilbert, CEO, Node4, comments: “Leon joins the Node4 team at a critical time, and I am happy to formally welcome him to the Node4 family. I’ve known Leon for a long time, and he has always provided valuable consultancy and support around our acquisition deals. He understands Node4 and what truly matters to us, and ensures this is reflected in every deal we sign. I can’t think of a better M&A Director to help us fulfil our acquisition strategy and ambitious growth plans.”

Mr Keller has more than 15 years of financial and strategic advisory experience to SMEs, private equity backed companies, and larger corporates as part of PwC, where he was Corporate Finance Director. Prior to joining Node4 Mr. Keller was Managing Director at Ormerod Rutter Corporate Finance.

Mr Keller said: “Having built an excellent relationship with Andy and his team over many years and admired Node4’s transformation into a market leading UK Managed Services player; I am delighted to finally be joining the Node4 family at this exciting time. I look forward to supporting the team in achieving their ambitious growth plans for the business through finding complimentary acquisitions that extend both our technical and geographic reach; and equally importantly fit with our people and customer centric culture.”

Leon Keller’s appointment follows a period of sustained success and growth for Node4. Over the last three years Node4 has tripled its staff, grown its customer base to over 1000, and expanded its geographical presence and cloud services portfolio.


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Jul
31

We are proud to announce that we have been awarded Gold Partner status by Zerto; an award-winning provider of cloud IT resilience solutions, as part of the Zerto Alliance Partner (ZAP) Programme. Node4 is the only partner in the EMEA region to have been promoted to Gold Partner status by Zerto in Q2 2017.

Node4 and Zerto have been partners since 2014 when Node4 launched its DRaaS solution. Thanks to Zerto’s enterprise-class disaster recovery and business continuity software (specifically designed for a virtualised infrastructure) Node4 is able to offer its customers continuous replication of data and applications with an RPO (recovery point objective) of seconds. Using Zerto’s software Node4 also offers five-day journal-based replication that can recover data from multiple points over the same time period.

“We are more than a Zerto partner. We use Zerto’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) product internally to help with our everyday operations. Not only do we sell this to our customers but we also trust it for our own operations,” said Gregg Mearing, Head of Managed Services. “We are very proud to have achieved Gold Partner status, and are already working towards making the Platinum tier. This accreditation further adds to our skillset and enhances the Node4 continuity offering.”

The ZAP Programme is an annual, tiered programme offering Silver, Gold and Platinum membership levels based on a mutual agreement to drive strategic, global impact in the market. This Gold Partner status recognises Node4 for achieving an exceptional level of experience in helping customers deploy Zerto’s products, as well as the company’s revenue growth.

“With Zerto’s 100 per cent channel sales focus, it is essential we ensure that partners achieve success by providing them with the tools, programmes and training to grow their business by helping customers achieve IT resilience,” commented Ed Owen, EMEA Cloud Manager, Zerto. “Node4’s recent upgrade to Gold Partner status in the Zerto Alliance Partner programme demonstrates the value they’re benefitting from as they use the resources designed to increase tier level attainment and accelerate growth. This helps partners deliver on their customer commitment to provide exceptional IT consultation services that helps optimise operations in cloud-based environments.”


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Jul
28
Node4 achieves HSCN Compliance
Posted by Tom Hassan on 28 July 2017 10:44 AM

Node4 is proud to announce that it has become NHS’s Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) compliant.

This new achievement puts Node4 in a strong position to fulfil the company’s ambitious growth plans for this sector.

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a new data network providing a reliable, efficient and flexible way for health and social care organisations to access and exchange electronic information.

Node4’s public sector team delivers the most effective and flexible application of technology to optimise business performance across the industry including central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations. Node4’s HSCN compliance enables its team to sell connectivity services to the health and care sector.

Vicky Withey, Compliance Manager, Node4 comments; “The HSCN allows the health and social care to transform patient care and services through greater connectivity, making data and information fully accessible to clinicians, health and care professionals and citizens. Node4 has successfully completed the criteria required for HSCN compliance, including meeting rigorous third-party standards. We are one of the handful of organisations to achieve this standard and I am pleased that the public sector team can grow this market sector.”

“Now that Node4 is fully HSCN compliant, we are able to grow our presence in the health and care sector. We are able to provide our connectivity services and HCS collaboration platform to end users; and help the NHS and other organisations alike with security infrastructure challenges. We can further build new relationships and enhance our key capabilities in this sector, particularly with our unique proposition being a leading UK IT and Communications provider with solely owned data centres,” said Paula Johnston, Head of Public Sector at Node4.

Paul Bryce, Business Development Director, Node4, adds; “The HSCN compliance enables us to continue to build on our success in the health and care sector and deliver high quality, reliable connectivity services and other technologies to customers in this area.”


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Jul
26
Node4 appoints Bill Thomas as Chairman
Posted by Tom Hassan on 26 July 2017 04:12 PM

Node4 announces the new appointment of Bill Thomas as Chairman. Mr Thomas brings an impressive track record to his new role as Chairman with Node4, where he will help develop Node4’s strategy, focusing on building synergies and aligning with customer experience.

Andy Gilbert, CEO, Node4, comments: “Bill joins the Node4 team at a critical time, when we are gearing up to continue expanding and growing. We knew that we needed a Chairman of the right calibre to help us innovate, widen our market and improve the customer journey and experience. We felt that Bill’s successful career in IT & communications, together with his passion for a customer-focused approach made him the perfect fit for Node4. I am happy to welcome him, and look forward to working together to help Node4 fulfil our ambitious plans.”

Bill Thomas has more than 30 years of experience in the IT services sector, having worked for over 20 years with EDS and Hewlett Packard, both in the US and in Europe where he ran the EMEA services business. Prior to his appointment as Chairman at Node4, Bill Thomas has also held a number of high profile non-executive director roles at several companies; including the Co-Op Bank plc, Balfour Beatty plc, GFI Software, XChanging PLC, Spirent Communications and VFS.

Mr Thomas said: “I joined Node4 because I think the firm has all the hallmarks of a truly great IT Services company. I was most impressed by the culture that Andy Gilbert and the team have created which puts client centric innovation at the heart of everything it does. Node4 has a particular capability of supporting high growth companies who see IT as a source of competitive advantage. I am delighted to be invited to join the team and look forward to meeting colleagues and clients, and playing my part in enabling Node4 to realise its potential.”

Bill Thomas’ appointment follows a period of sustained success and growth for Node4. Over the last three years Node4 has tripled its staff, grown its customer base to over 1000, and expanded its geographical presence and cloud services portfolio. Last year, it also announced a new principle investor, Bowmark Capital, which has committed £40m of follow-up funding for Node4’s ambitious growth and acquisition plans over the next three years.


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Jul
20
Node4 appoints new Head of Public Sector Sales
Posted by Tom Hassan on 20 July 2017 05:03 PM

Node4 has appointed Paula Johnston to the position of Head of Public Sector Sales.

Johnston, whose previous position was with Virgin Media Business, brings an impressive track record to her new role with Node4, where we she will be responsible for growing the company’s presence in the public sector.

Paula Johnston is a public sector specialist with over 10 years of experience. During her tenure at Virgin Media, Paula managed the Public Sector Team across the midlands and south growing its presence within the sector. She managed key accounts and won lucrative deals being awarded as the top sales performer in 2015. Prior to joining Virgin Media Business, Johnston was the public sector Account Director at Airwave, where she won significant contracts to supply the Bluelight Sector with secure communication solutions including encrypted connectivity and Unified Communications.

Johnston has already achieved two key milestones for Node4. She has helped the firm become NHS’s Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) compliant, and achieve G-Cloud 9 supplier status. These two accreditations put Node4 in a strong position to fulfil the company’s ambitious growth plans for this sector.

Paul Bryce, Business Development Director, Node4, comments; “This is an important hire for us, as we work to position Node4 as a true end-to-end IT supplier for mid-tier, charity organisations and the public sector. Paula brings a wealth of valuable experience in the sector, and we expect her to play a key strategic role in helping us achieve our growth plans.”

Paula adds; “Node4 is ideally placed to help the public sector face some key IT infrastructure challenges, including security which is a key priority for police, local government and the NHS alike. Now that Node4 is fully HSCN compliant and a G-Cloud 9 supplier, my priority is to build on our experience in this sector to ensure that Node4 is established as a major contender. We are looking forward to this upcoming challenge, and I am excited to be the one spearheading this new development phase for Node4.”


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Jun
7

Node4 announces the opening ceremony of a new office and Security Operations Centre (SOC) in Nottingham. The new midlands base cements Node4’s three-year plan to substantially grow the business.

The Nottingham office enables Node4 to expand its geographic presence in the Midlands and tap into a dynamic city that offers a strong base of potential customers and employees. Node4’s Security Operations Centre and its dedicated team of security experts will also move to Nottingham, where it will provide 24/7 monitoring for the company’s Managed Security Service clients, as well as Node4’s own network infrastructure.

Andrew Gilbert, CEO at Node4 commented: “Our brand-new Nottingham office is indicative of our future growth plans and ongoing commitment to our existing customer-base. We have been working with customers from Nottingham for many years now, and as our business continues to grow, the necessity to ensure local support on the ground has increased. Nottingham-based businesses will benefit from localised customer support and technical expertise across the region, allowing us to serve existing customers in the best possible way as well as attract new ones.”

 


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