Lincoln ICT provider appoints Microsoft veteran

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CGI, the Lincoln-based ICT services provider, has appointed ex Microsoft alum Patrick De Smedt as Non-Executive Chairman.

Mr De Smedt clocked up over two decades at Microsoft having joined in 1983 when it only had 200 employees to its name. He climbed his way up to Chairman for Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He has since joined a number of public and private (equity backed) Boards, since leaving Microsoft at the end of 2006 including Kodak Alaris Holdings, Morgan Sindall Plc, PageGroup Plc, Victrex Plc and KCOM Group Plc.

The appointment sees current Chairman Wayne Martin step down from the role but remain on the GCI board. This follows Mr Martin having successfully overseen Mayfair Equity Partners, taking a majority stake in the business and bringing with it a new strategic fund worth over £60 million to provide GCI with significant financial firepower to finance future strategic acquisitions.

CEO Adrian Thirkill said: “We’re looking forward to working with Patrick as we begin an exciting new phase in GCI’s growth story. As one of Microsoft’s key UK partners Patrick’s experience aligns perfectly to what we need as a business.

“I have worked with Patrick in a previous role and know what a great strategic thinker he is, as well as his passion for technology and supporting high growth businesses. It’s a perfect fit for GCI.”

Patrick De Smedt said: “The market is still at the early stages of outsourcing mission critical systems and IT infrastructure, with consumers, brands and government bodies quickly becoming aware of the real benefits available.

“I look forward to working with both Adrian and Mayfair Equity Partners again to realise the business’ vision.”