Murgitroyd appoints new Global People Director as business expands internationally

Murgitroyd's new Global People Director John Gillies (right) with Gordon Stark CEO (Photo Credit- Peter Devlin)

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MURGITROYD, the pan-European intellectual property protection business, has appointed John Gillies as its first Global People Director.

The company is growing quickly and has made two acquisitions since September 2021, increasing its headcount to 440 and reinforcing its position as a leading consolidator in the European IP sector. 

John will lead Murgitroyd’s people strategy, provide support and strategic direction on HR issues and work alongside the company’s leadership team to underpin Murgitroyd’s culture, ensuring that the right training, mentoring and people policies are in place to support its ambitious growth plans.

He joins Murgitroyd from KCA Deutag, a leading international oil and gas drilling, engineering and technology company. John was previously HR Director at ScotRail and Director of People & Development at Police Scotland.

Announcing this appointment, Gordon Stark, CEO of Murgitroyd, said:

“John’s appointment is an excellent step for Murgitroyd. He brings an impressive range of people and HR expertise which will help us to continue to attract, develop and retain the best people and enable them to deliver exceptional results for our valued clients. We see this important new role as a key appointment in investing in our future growth and ongoing success.”

John Gillies said:

“This is an exciting time to be joining Murgitroyd. The company has embarked on an ambitious growth strategy and our success will depend on our people. I look forward to working alongside the leadership team and all colleagues across the business to develop and implement a People Strategy designed to enable our growth plans and deliver sustained performance as well as support colleague and team development across the business.”

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