Channel veteran Neil Ledger moves upstairs into new role guiding organic growth strategy; Barrie Desmond takes up reins as new COO
Exclusive Group has announced changes to its management team that underline its commitment to aggressive revenue growth and value with existing vendors. Having for many years headed up the Exclusive Networks UK business and driven it to 100m€ revenues, subsequently joining the Group management team to drive success internationally, Neil Ledger will now take on a reduced, more strategic role to oversee the next phases of organic growth on an increasingly large scale. The move sees Barrie Desmond stepping into Ledger’s shoes as Chief Operating Officer, kick-starting an immediate search for a new VP/Director of Marketing & Business Development.
“With our 2017 target of 1bn€ revenues rapidly approaching, we are planning for growth beyond this horizon by strengthening now to embrace our future as a truly global player in value-added services,” said Olivier Breittmayer, CEO of Exclusive Networks Group. “Our latest half-year results have outperformed both the market and our own projections, but it’s the organic growth performance that really stands out. Neil and Barrie are a proven team, charged with continuing this success, and myself and the board are excited at the prospect of them working hand in hand.
“The achievements of the business to date are testament to a bold and ambitious plan that we’ve managed to execute very well,” said Neil Ledger. “Taking up this more strategic position gives us more resource as a team to ensure our existing vendors and territories are maximised for value and revenue. The Exclusive Group project has been both exciting and rewarding and I’m hoping to continue to contribute to what is an amazing journey.”
Neil Ledger will continue to steer the Group’s impressive organic growth in his position as Non-Executive Director and member of the board, with Barrie Desmond leaving his position as Director of Marketing and Global Accounts to become COO. The transition follows Nicolas Trombert and Julien Antoine’s appointments to the management team, to spearhead acquisition strategy and global business transformation respectively.
In parallel with organic growth objectives, the expansion of Exclusive’s international footprint to over 22 countries has come largely as a product of its ongoing acquisition strategy that, with last month’s purchase of Australia/New Zealand VAD WhiteGold Solutions, now sees the Group able to serve the Asia-Pacific region. Assuring the orderly transformation of service capability in step with this progressively more global presence is another key priority for the business.
“Following on from Neil’s tenure will be no mean feat,” said Barrie Desmond. “But having worked with Neil for over 20 years I’ve learnt a lot, and I’m confident and excited about the challenges ahead. Neil’s new role means guidance and counsel will be ever-present and, with our management due to be bolstered even further with a new executive, we’re certain that this strengthened leadership team will boost momentum, and ensure that our ambitions remain achievable.”