Marshall Joins Solar

Solar Communications has appointed Andrew Marshall as CFO as it continues to drive ahead with its stated ambitious growth plans.

The former Azzurri Communications CFO joins Solar as the business further evolves as a managed services provider, and forges ahead through both organic and acquisition growth.

A chartered accountant, Andrew brings significant experience of the sector, having worked for some of the biggest carriers, equipment manufacturers and managed services companies.

In his most recent role, he led private equity-backed Azzurri in its successful exit to Maintel Plc and, prior to that, was instrumental in leading the company’s business transformation. As CFO he successfully worked with lenders to restructure the business’s financing, as well as reposition the organisation around its growth products, delivering improved cash flow and profitability.

In his role at Solar Communications, Andrew will be aiming to replicate many of his previous successes, driving commercial and operational effectiveness, as well as working with the investment community and the board to deliver M&A opportunities.

Andrew Marshall said: “Solar is at an exciting stage in its development and through a combination of organic growth and targeted acquisitions, there is the ability to build a very successful business which, with continued rapid development in the managed services and ICT, market will be critical to business customers.”

John Whitty, CEO of Solar Communications, said: “Andrew has demonstrated his capability to drive transformation in a way that improves efficiency, effectiveness and profitability. I am delighted that Andrew has chosen to join Solar and become part of a new management team that has the skills and expertise to drive Solar to the next stage of its development and deliver on its ambition to be one of the biggest MSPs of all ICT services in the UK.”

Ben Marnham, chairman of Solar Communications, adds: “Andrew is an experienced and successful financial professional with an excellent history of achievement who will make a significant contribution to driving the future growth of Solar.”

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine