Posted on February 7, 2019 by staff

Chairman steps down at theme park tech provider


The chairman of acesso, a provider of virtual queuing and ticketing technology to global attractions including theme parks and ski resorts, has stepped down.

Tom Burnet will moved to a non-executive director position from the beginning of March with Bill Russell replacing him as chair of the board.

Russell has served in a variety of roles in both public and private technology company boards in a career spanning several decades.

These include 23 years across a number of senior management roles at Hewlett Packard, including vice president and general manager of Hewlett Packard’s multi-billion-dollar Enterprise Systems Group and its Software Solutions Group.

He is currently non-executive chairman at leading technology solutions provider Piksel Group and PROS Holdings, a provider of AI-powered solutions that optimise selling in the digital economy.

Russell is based in the United States. AIM-listed company Accesso operates from offices in Reading, Belfast, London and also has bases elsewhere in Europe, North America, Australia and South America.

Paul Noland, who was appointed as CEO last year, said: “Tom has been central in driving accesso’s significant growth and international expansion over the last nine years he has been with the company and he is greatly admired by all in and around the business.

“Personally, and on behalf of the Board, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Tom for his exceptional leadership and tenure, as he has driven accesso from success to success.

“I look forward to continuing my working relationship with Tom in his new non-executive capacity, as the business prepares for another year of continued growth.”

Burnet said: “I am immensely proud of the success that accesso has achieved over the last decade and feel very fortunate to have led the business and represented our outstanding people over much of that time.

“accesso has grown from an audacious idea into a position of global leadership, with innovative technology embedded across venues worldwide.

“I’m delighted that Bill Russell has accepted our invitation to take over as chairman of the board and I have no doubt that the exceptional team we have assembled will help us continue to go from strength to strength.”

The company also announced that financial results for last year “in line with market expectations”.