Iomart, Glasgow Cloud Firm, appoints Christie COO

Glasgow-based cloud data centre operator Iomart Group plc announced it has further strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Neil Christie as its new chief operating officer.

Christie, who had been running the “Infrastructure as a Service” side of the Iomart business, will now take responsibility for the group’s day-to-day operations, reporting into CEO Reece Donovan.

“Neil has worked in the cloud computing industry for over 10 years,” said Iomart.

“He is focussed on building a culture of quality, service delivery excellence and innovation by developing the systems, skills and processes required to support iomart and its customers.

“After training as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Neil jointly ran a web hosting company, which Iomart acquired in 2011.

“He is a member of the technical and IT faculty committees for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

“Neil’s appointment follows the recent announcement by iomart of a new Chief Marketing Officer, Sharon Mars Leach, to strengthen its brand positioning within the growing marketplace for cloud services.”

This is a non-board appointment.

CEO Donovan said: “I am delighted Neil has accepted this new position within our senior management team.

“He knows iomart from the inside and has excellent commercial knowledge of the market in which we operate.

“We will be working closely together to enhance our structure and processes in order to deliver on our long-term growth strategy.”

Christie said: “I am excited to be working with Reece to take forward his vision for Iomart.

“I will be supporting the talented teams we have across the business and bringing together all parts of the group to deliver on our strategy of service excellence and further growth.”

On April 7, Iomart shares fell as much as 10% after it published a trading statement for the year ended March 31, 2021, saying its results will be “at the lower end of expectations.”

Iomart said it expects to report revenue of £112 million (FY20: £112.6 million) and adjusted profit before tax of £20 million (FY20: £22.8 million).

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