Three Senoir Appointments made at Daisy

Daisy Group Plc has appointed former Eversheds senior associate David McGlennon as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary.

David (35) joins Daisy from the Manchester office of international law firm Eversheds, where he was a senior associate in the firm’s corporate group.

While there, David advised Daisy Communications Limited on a wide range of transactions, culminating in its £200m reverse takeover of Freedom4 Group earlier this year.

He has subsequently advised the enlarged Daisy Group on its acquisition of the trading assets of AT Communications Group Plc and the £17m acquisition of the telecoms division of Redstone Plc.

He said, “Daisy is making a real noise within the telecoms industry and I am looking forward to helping the company achieve its strategy of becoming one of the largest UK providers of telecommunications services and solutions to the mid-market.”

Matthew Riley, Chief Executive Officer of Daisy, said: “The board and I are delighted to welcome David to the Group and we are confident that his knowledge of the business, combined with his legal and transactional expertise, will prove invaluable in helping us achieve the next stage of growth.”

David, who lives in Hale, Cheshire, read law at Cambridge University before completing the legal practice course at Nottingham Law School.

Prior to joining Eversheds in 2006, he spent seven years working in the corporate practice at the London headquarters of Clifford Chance.

Additionally a financial figure within Daisy Group Plc has been promoted from department head to a director within just nine months.

Stuart Morten, (38), who boasts more than five years’ experience within the telecoms industry, is delighted with his new role as Finance Director at the Nelson company and more than ready to step up to the mark.

Stuart said: “As Head of Finance I was part of the team that played an instrumental part in the preparation for Daisy’s flotation on to the AIM stock exchange. This involved a rigorous due diligence process in a very short timeframe, leading to greater access for funds for future growth.

“Now, as Finance Director, I aim to help grow Daisy in its bid to become the key player in the telecoms SME market.

Stuart studied at Lancaster University, where he gained a BA Honours degree in Economics and then qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst and Young, working in both their Manchester and Sydney offices.

He went on to hold senior financial positions at mobile service provider Singlepoint, which was acquired by Vodafone and also with NTL.

Prior to joining Daisy he spent two years at specialist financial services company Wave Lending Limited, a subsidiary of Merrill Lynch.

Anthony Riley, Chief Finance Officer at Daisy said: “Stuart has been welcomed to and promoted within Daisy in quick succession, which is to be congratulated. He joined the company at a very exciting time and we are confident that he will play a large part in its next stage of expansion.”

Finally, Karen Ullah has joined Daisy Communications as Director of Telesales.

The “can-do” attitude of Daisy persuaded Karen to accept the position and she is looking forward to playing a key role in the future successes of the company.

Karen, who hails from Oldham, previously worked at Autotrader, where she rose through the ranks to become Director of Telesales.

But it was while working as Sales Director for Caudwell Communications that Karen found a love of telecoms, which is what eventually brought her to Daisy.

Karen, who has a Post Graduate Diploma in International Marketing, said: “I liked the opportunity Daisy presented. I wanted to get back into telecoms and had been looking for an opportunity for some time. While others were cutting back, Daisy was recruiting and had some big, forward-thinking ideas.”

Her new role will involve overall management of the sales team, recruitment and enhancing the sales strategy in order to meet customer demand.

“One of reasons I decided to come here was the friendly and family-like atmosphere and culture. I love the company’s positive attitude and the fact that you can play a part in the decision-making process,” she said.

Neil Gething, Daisy’s Sales Director, said: “Karen fits in perfectly with the company ethos of positive and forward thinking and we are certain she will succeed in increasing sales while making sure our customer experience is one to be rivalled.”

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