Reseller Proximity Communications has announced the appointment of Peter Francis as Chief Financial Officer. Francis also becomes a member the Proximity Board of Directors, strengthening the team of four.
Darren Boyce, CEO Proximity Communications says: “With our continued drive and ambition to grow the business, we are very fortunate to be acquiring the skills and presence that Peter will bring to the team. Peter has had great experience across all financial disciplines, including corporate finance, and combined with his considerable knowledge of company operations, we see him bringing great value to Proximity as we look to expand the business over the next 12-24 months.”
Peter Francis says: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Proximity and becoming part of a fast-moving and intelligent business. Proximity has a bright and sustainable future, with high profile clients, a great reputation, an impressive list of accreditations and a dedicated team. As CFO I hope to bring financial leadership together with operational and the commercial experience I have gained through managing the growth of both UK and international technology companies. Proximity has built considerable value to date with a strong proposition, and this is an exciting time to be involved with a business with great potential”
Boyce adds: “His passion and focus on increasing value in the business will add an extra dimension to the management team. Our appointment of Stuart Legg earlier this year as Sales & Marketing Director has already had a significant impact on the business, and we see Peter as continuing this through instigating new areas for development to stimulate business growth.”
Francis moves to Proximity following a distinguished career working with successful SME technology companies both within the UK and globally in the US and throughout EMEA. Educated at Liverpool University he qualified with Arthur Andersen, where he worked for 7 years. Other organizations Francis has worked with include SoftBrands Inc, and the Fourth Shift Group. In addition to the remit of financial direction and management of these businesses he has had strong front office experience and has consistently added value to both the sales and delivery functions.”
Dave Silvey, the previous Finance Director, who has been instrumental to the success of Proximity Communications, and a major contributor to the successful merger, which he undertook in 2009, is moving into a world-wide finance and operations roll for a major US software vendor.