Manchester-based IT cloud and managed services specialist BCN Group has appointed Mark Braund as non-executive chairman. 

2022 has been a successful year for BCN, which recently acquired Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central specialist Evo-soft.

Braund will focus on evolving the strategic direction of the group over the next 4-5 years, reinforcing its strong organic growth and advising on future development plans.  

He has over 35 years’ experience in the technology, consulting and business services sectors and has a strong track record of leading teams through profitable change and materially improving shareholder value. 

Braund is also chair of Livingstone Group, NFS Technology Group, Parity Group Plc and React Group Plc. Prior to setting up his own advisory practice, he was CEO of RedstoneConnect Plc., leading it through a well-documented turnaround, the profitable sale of legacy assets and carving out of an exciting software technology business, now known as Smartspace Software Plc.

“I’m excited and humbled to take on this role at BCN Group. Tech services is an industry which so many businesses rely on, and the sector will only grow with technological advances,” he said. 

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“2022 is an exciting time to be joining the board, with the company having received investment earlier this year, and most recently completing the acquisition of Evo-Soft, strengthening the company’s portfolio. 

“I’m excited to offer my knowledge and experience to the team, as the company enters its next phase of growth, and I am looking forward to seeing what’s in store for BCN in the coming years.”

Rob Davies, CEO of BCN Group, said: “I’m delighted that Mark has been appointed as chair, he has great credentials and track record of steering teams strategic growth in the tech services sector, but his understanding of people development and his cultural approach makes him an excellent fit and choice for BCN.”

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