n2s has announced the appointment of James Bates as chief executive officer.

In his new role, Bates (pictured) will look to make n2s the innovation partner for responsible organisations wanting to operate sustainably and ethically. He will help major enterprise and OEM clients to securely and compliantly maximise returns from decommissioned hardware.

The company has scalable service offerings across secure hardware deinstallation and refurbishment, resale, and sustainable end of life disposal.

James Bates, chief executive officer, n2s, said, “I am delighted and highly motivated by the opportunity of leading n2s’s onward trajectory as a major player and innovator in IT lifecycle management.

“The business is poised for significant growth over the next three years and has the technical expertise, operational structure, processing capacity and investment in place to support this.

“Our strong management team is passionate about the huge market opportunity for n2s to be a global game-changer at the centre of delivering a truly circular and sustainable economy for IT.”

Bates joins n2s from electronics components distributor Rapid Electronics where he transformed the company’s procurement supply chains and achieved significant sales growth during his seven-year tenure as managing director.

He also headed up Rapid’s start-up EV charging venture, where he expanded the business into a nationwide operation in under three years.

Jonathan Hebbes, chairman, n2s, added, “James’ leadership skills, vision and energy make him the ideal choice for leading n2s as we scale-up and go for growth.

“His expertise in digitalisation will be pivotal in driving the company forward with agility and scale required to respond quickly to accelerating demand from corporates, government departments and OEMs.”

n2s is an IT lifecycle management provider that refurbishes, remarkets and recycles around 250,000 IT devices and components every year. This is done by the recovery of retired technology across all domains, from mobile and workplace IT to data centre, network and telecoms equipment.

Over the last 12 months, the company has sanitised 30,000 data bearing devices, refurbished and resold 4,500 servers and recovered 200 tonnes of copper from telecoms infrastructure.

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