Manchester-based digital solutions platform company Padoq has appointed a new CEO.

Andy Cobb has replaced previous CEO and founder Mike Anderson, who will remain on the board with a focus on international opportunities.

Cobb has over 30 years’ experience in commercial leadership positions in the technology industry, most notably in the Applied Intelligence Division of BAE Systems, formerly Detica plc.

Other significant client and commercial experience includes De La Rue Plc, Palantir and SBI Framfab (Digitas LBI).

Andy Robb, Padoq

Cobb said: “I am very excited to join Padoq. The technology is the right solution for the market at the right time and I look forward to taking the company through a stage of accelerated growth through delivering success for current and new clients over the coming months and years.”

Padoq’s co-founder and chairman Chris Airey said: “Padoq provides a Platform-as-a- Service and integration capabilities that enables organisations to create high-value mobile- first solutions for their customers and communities.

“Padoq provides the technical heavy lifting so that client organisations can focus on creating the best digital experiences. This investment in Andy’s appointment is a demonstration of our commitment to push on with building a great business that works for clients, their customers, our employees and shareholders.”

Padoq was launched in May 2018 following a £400,000 fundraising round.

Anderson’s first venture, Jolly Goods, was sold in 2017. He then started award-winning digital agency Nothing But Epic. He was named ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the UK Business Tech Awards in 2018.