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Nov
27
Node4 appoints Tom Needs as Chief Operations Officer
Posted by Tom Hassan on 27 November 2017 05:13 PM

Newly created position to bolster senior leadership team and support company’s rapid expansion

Node4 is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Needs as Chief Operations Officer, a newly created position within the company. Needs, who has previously held positions with Rackspace and Adapt, brings an impressive track record to this role where he will be responsible for running the operational and service delivery functions of the business; and ensuring that we deliver highest levels of customer satisfaction and experience.

Andy Gilbert, CEO, Node4, comments: “Our appointment of Tom at board level comes at a critical time for us as we look to position ourselves for the next stage of growth. Tom has been pivotal in helping several businesses scale up and evolve their service offering over the years, and with his wealth of knowledge and expertise Node4 can continue to deliver an outstanding customer experience to its existing customer base and prospects across all of our service lines.”

Tom has more than 15 years of experience within the managed services industry. Tom was a board member at, and COO of, Adapt, a company backed by Lyceum Capital. Here Tom was responsible for transforming operational and service delivery capabilities to support the company’s transition from a reseller into an award-winning Hybrid Managed Cloud Services business; and then subsequently selling the business to Datapipe. Prior to joining Adapt, Tom was VP at Rackspace EMEA. Here he spearheaded Rackspace’s £145million Enterprise division, and had full accountability for sales, marketing and service delivery.

Tom Needs said: “Having admired Node4’s transformation into a market-leading UK Managed Services player for some time now, I am thrilled to be joining the company as Chief Operations Officer. Node4 is a fast-growing company with a great reputation within the industry, and I look forward to enhancing and developing the existing foundations of the company to deliver a diverse range of critical services to solve the evolving needs of Node4’s customers.”

Needs’ 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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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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