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Three New Appointments for Airts as Firm Scales to Meet Global Demand

Ross Kelly



Simon Cromarty, Ludmila Walker and Adrian Dragus will join Airts amid an exciting growth period for the AI software startup.

Edinburgh-based AI software startup Airts has announced a trio of new hires as the firm looks to meet growing global demand.

Strong international demand for the firm’s planning optimisation software, Braid, has seen the company enjoy year-on-year revenue growth of more than 300%. It is hoped that the new trio will enable the firm to keep up with this growing demand.

The hires include Airts’ first VP of engineering, Simon Cromarty. Previously, Cromarty served as VP of engineering at fashion technology company Metai.

Cromarty commands a wealth of experience having spent more than 20 years in senior leadership roles at a host of companies, including Oracle, Worldpay and GE. Ludmila Walker joins him at the startup as front end designer along with Adrian Dragus, who joins as senior software engineer.

The move follows a double appointment in June of this year, which saw former Skyscanner marketer, Melissa McMahon, join as Airts’ first marketing director. FreeAgent co-founder and CEP, Roan Lavery, also joined the company board.


Airts’ Braid product provides AI-powered people planning software for use in the professional services industry and is used by more than 10,000 practitioners across seven countries and four continents. Earlier this year, Braid won the ScotlandIS 2019 Best New Product award.

The Edinburgh startup also counts two of the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms as clients.

Andrew Bone, Airts co-founder and CEO, commented: “We’re excited that demand for Braid means we need to continue to scale, but we’re also determined to grow sustainably, strengthening the team culture we’ve built.

“Simon, Ludmila and Adrian all met the high hiring bar we set ourselves, and we look forward to benefiting from their expertise in these exciting times for Airts.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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