Gradwell Communications has appointed John Whitty as chairman.

The former CEO of Air IT and Solar Communications succeeds Mark Howling at the Bath-based cloud communications solutions provider.

Gradwell, founded in 1998, provides services including hosted phone systems and connectivity.

Whitty has a vast amount of experience in helping businesses grow exponentially, both organically and by acquisition. The company says he will be vital in supporting its next phase of development.

“Having admired the business for many years, I’m very pleased to join the Gradwell team,” said Whitty. “Gradwell has an excellent reputation and heritage in the managed UCaaS space, having offered IP based solutions since inception which makes their offerings extremely relevant to both the direct and partner channel. 

“The business is now ready to take advantage of the recent investments in systems, people and sales capability, and I look forward to expediting this growth.”

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Gradwell launched an Alliance Programme earlier this year and is looking for acquisition opportunities.

“Gradwell has just entered the next exciting phase of our growth plan, and welcoming John to the board provides us with a good opportunity to maximise our activities in both our channel and inorganic M&A activities,” said Jamie Ward, Gradwell CEO.

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