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DIGIT Movers & Shakers: July 2017

Andrew Hamilton

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DIGIT Movers and Shakers: July 2017

DIGIT’s Movers and Shakers returns for its second edition covering this July. Scotland’s tech sector is fluid – but don’t worry, DIGIT’s got you covered.

This month saw the introduction of a new national role at the Financial Conduct Authority, a senior move out of Skyscanner, and plenty of office expansions as companies bring more innovation to Scotland.

DIGIT Movers & Shakers

NEW HIRES

Kaazing

Richard Marshall, most recently an analyst for research company Gartner, has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for mobile web-services provider Kaazing.

Marshall will be involved in managing how Kaazing can develop itself to consumers as the digital landscape increasingly transforms. A veteran of 30 years in the software industry, his experience covers everything from coding to corporate governance. He also championed emerging mobile models, including rapid mobile app development (RMAD) and mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) as key to enterprises. Prior to Gartner, Marshall was an entrepreneur for many years, creating products such as DOORS, a requirement management tool now integrated with IBM Rational Suite.

Marshall said: “Every company that wants to survive needs digital transformation, and to do that they need Kaazing’s products – the current proven offerings as well as what is coming soon. I am really excited to be joining this amazing team and looking forward to helping the market evolve.”

 

EXPANDING/REBRANDING

Corero doubles its Edinburgh office size

Network security firm Corero has expanded its Edinburgh office to fuel DDoS research & development. This expansion will double the number of Corero engineers based in Edinburgh. Corero specialises in providing tech and hosting services geared towards combatting DDoS threats, and has won awards for its work in the past. The opening was welcomed by Corero CEO Ashley Stephenson and Mr Keith Brown MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work.

Julian Palmer, Vice President of Engineering, at Corero, said: “There are clear commercial drivers to our operations in Edinburgh. Scottish universities, particularly those in the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), are cultivating some of the best software engineers in the world, and helping to establish Scotland as a world leader in computer science research and education.  We established the Edinburgh office in 2015, and our city centre location helps to attract the brightest and best. We have 100% employee retention at our Scottish offices, and we look forward to continued growth and success in the region.”

Cabinet Secretary for Economy Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown MSP, said: “I am delighted to see the expansion of Corero’s R&D facility in Edinburgh. The company is leading cyber security innovation and will undoubtedly continue to thrive in Scotland, where it benefits from the availability of specialist skills developed in local universities. Today’s announcement is further endorsement of Scotland as an attractive location for investment.

 

Three’s a crowd at 133 Finnieston Street, Glasgow

Three firms have expanded their office space at 133 Finnieston Street, Glasgow – but we reckon they’ll all get on just fine. Investment incubator Squarestone Growth has secured three new deals for space at the office site in just four weeks. Meanwhile, research organisation Clinical research firm Clintec has also expanded its office space by 65 per-cent as well as re-negotiating its existing leases, meaning the company will extend its floor space by 11,000 sq. ft. And finally, IDG Data Services, a subsidiary of IDG UK Limited, has signed a five-year lease on the second floor of the property.

 

MOVING ON

Financial Conduct Authority

Maggie Craig has been appointed Head of Department of the Financial Conduct Authority in Scotland.

Craig, who joined money watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority in 2013, has been elevated from her previous position of Head of Insurance and Pensions. Head of Department in Scotland is a brand new role, and in it Craig will work to promote the FCA in Scotland and contribute to ‘Scottish aspects of FCA policies’. Altogether she has 20 years of experience in the industry, previously working for the Association of British Insurers (ABI) where she was Director of Financial Conduct Regulation.

Maggie said: “I’m very much looking forward to taking on this new role. Our continued presence in Scotland is extremely important and through developing a new strategy we’ll be able to maximise our impact.”

Chief Executive of the FCA Andrew Bailey said: “I am delighted that Maggie has been appointed as head of department, Scotland. This is a significant step and underlines our commitment to our presence in Scotland.  Maggie brings to the role a large amount of experience and knowledge, including established stakeholder relationships which will stand her in good stead.”

 

Capital One

And finally, Stuart Hirst is moving on from Skyscanner to a similar role in security at bank holding firm Capital One.

Stuart confirmed the move on Twitter earlier today: “I owe Skyscanner such a huge amount. They changed my family’s life & I will forever have a strong bond with them. I’ll blog in due time. So, yes, sadly I am leaving Skyscanner for pastures new. What a company & journey. But I’m excited about my next challenge!”

Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton

PR & Content Executive at Hutchinson Networks

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