BigHand, a leading international software company, today announced the appointment of Ian Churchill as Chief Executive Officer.
Since 2000, Ian has worked exclusively in the software sector. Initially, he worked with Northgate Information Solutions plc, and later with the Capita Group plc, as Managing Director of a number of software businesses with revenues in excess of £150 million. He has always focused on the provision of high quality customer service together with the development of market leading solutions which have driven impressive sales and profit growth.
Jon Ardron, BigHand’s CEO for the past six years, will be retiring from his executive role but will remain with the business as a non-executive Director.
Churchill said: "I am delighted to be joining BigHand at such an exciting point in the company’s history. The new products, together with the market leading established lines and high growth SaaS platform combine to present a great opportunity to take the business to new heights. I look forward to working with the BigHand team and our customers to continue the growth of the business."
Graham Gilbert, BigHand's Chairman, said: "I am delighted to welcome Ian to BigHand and am confident that, with all his experience of growing software businesses, he is just the right person to build on Jon's legacy.
"On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Jon for his contribution to the business. Jon has been an incredibly successful CEO, transforming the company from a single product entity focused primarily on the UK to the truly multinational, multi-product software business BigHand is today. Jon leaves BigHand in good health and with a strategy in place to deliver many more years of profitable expansion."
Ardron added: "My successor Ian has an impressive track record, and I am looking forward to working with him during the transition process, before I take up a non-executive Directorship on BigHand’s Board."
BigHand have developed a range of speech, task delegation, document creation and workflow tools that help busy people achieve more in less time and organisations become more efficient and effective. They currently work with 545,000 people across 3,000 organisations to help them achieve more.
Their mission is to Make Big Happen. Internally this is about championing their staff to think big, and externally it is about enabling their customers to achieve big. They strive to make big ideas become big achievements. That’s the BigHand way.