Softcat has appointed a new CFO from fellow London-listed company Asos.

Dr Kathryn Mecklenburgh will leave her interim CFO position at the eCommerce giant for the Marlow-headquartered company which specialises in IT infrastructure and services.

She will join the Softcat board no later than mid-June 2023, at which point Graham Charlton will become CEO designate before he becomes CEO on 1st August 2023. Current CEO Graeme Watt will then transition to chair.

Dr Mecklenburgh has held a number of finance leadership roles across a range of industries and blue-chip firms including Amazon, Serco plc and Procter & Gamble. 

Prior to joining FTSE 250 firm ASOS plc in 2021, she served as group financial controller at Inchcape plc, a firm with an annual turnover of £8 billion across around 40 markets and territories.

She also holds a PhD in Respiratory Medicine and a BSC Hons in Pharmacology, both from Edinburgh University.

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“We conducted an extensive, rigorous search for our new CFO and are delighted to have found someone of Katy’s calibre and mindset,” said Martin Hellawell, non-executive chair. “Katy’s background, experience and affinity with our culture and workforce set her apart from other candidates. 

“She will make a hugely valuable addition to our board and senior leadership team and her appointment allows us to deliver on our stated goal of ensuring the continued, effective and long-term leadership of our company.”

Dr Mecklenburgh added: “I am delighted to be joining Softcat as they continue to deliver their successful growth strategy. 

“Softcat is a fantastic company, and I am looking forward to making my own contribution to a business with such a strong service and people-orientated culture.”

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