IFB welcomes new non-executive director and announces new jobs in the Central Belt
24 April 2017
IFB, one of Scotland’s leading managed service and data network providers, is strengthening its UK growth plans with key appointments. The Aberdeen-based firm is creating three new business development posts in the Central Belt of Scotland and has welcomed a new non-executive director to the board as it strives towards ambitious sales growth targets throughout the UK.
Jane Stewart has over 20 years’ experience in developing and accelerating strategic projects and brings proven strategic, commercial and high growth experience to the technology specialists.
With experience in private equity, corporate finance and Board level finance and strategy roles, Jane has operated as strategic development director at William Tracey Group (WTG) since 2012 having served as group financial director since 2005. She led the recycling and resource management group’s innovation, technology investment, mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances.
She was responsible for delivering over 15 acquisitions, alliances and divestments which fuelled substantial growth in the business from 2005 through to the recently announced sale of WTG to a private equity house. Formerly investment director at Baird Capital Partners (mid-market Private Equity fund), she held roles in venture capital at Scottish Development Finance (now Scottish Equity Partners) and in technology lead advisory at Ernst & Young after qualifying as a chartered accountant with Grant Thornton.
IFB’s new posts in the Central Belt region will support the firm’s development plans across Scotland and the UK.
IFB’s CEO, Graeme Gordon says: “Jane has supported IFB in its development over the past two years in an ad hoc capacity and I am delighted to welcome her formally to the board. Despite tough local trading conditions, 2016 saw IFB achieve year-on-year revenue growth with continued positive financial performance. This has allowed the business to further invest in the right team structure for the future, including Jane’s appointment and the creation of new positions within our Business Development team in the Central Belt.
“Whilst we carry on with our expansion across the UK, the Northeast continues to be a key market for IFB.”
Jane Stewart adds: “It is an exciting time for IFB and I’m thrilled to work with the Board as the business looks to continue to evolve its strategy and prepare for significant expansion into new services and new geographical markets.”
As IFB customers’ needs have evolved, so has the firm’s strategy and approach, explains Graeme. “IFB recently announced investments totalling over £1.5M in network and managed services, which has enabled the business to improve its service offering in partnership with Softcat, Cisco and Dell. “Such investment has resulted in an expansion of IFB’s UK network capacity increasing fibre and ultra-high speed connectivity to firms across the UK together with expansion of our cloud-based data protection solutions including backup and recovery services.
“Our priority continues to be supporting our customers to get on and stay on through exemplary customer service, coupled with competitive, innovative connectivity, networking and managed services solutions, delivered via our own infrastructure or that of our key partners. The expansion of our service offering, combined with our focus on building the right team for the future, cements our growth ambitions. Jane’s wealth of experience will help IFB move forward with these plans.”