North bolsters senior leadership team with high profile COO appointment

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Paul Comerford, new COO appointment at North

THE UK’s leading IoT service and solutions provider, North, has appointed industry figure, Paul Comerford as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). The hire is part of the company’s bold growth strategy and will see Comerford join North’s executive leadership team, reporting directly to CEO Glen Williams, who joined the business at the start of this year.

Comerford brings more than 35 years’ experience and joins from IT and Unified Communications’ services provider, Allvotec where he held the role of COO. Paul was responsible for driving operational vision and strategy and prior to this, he held senior management positions at Unisys, BT, and Damovo.

North provides intelligent integrated technology services to public and private sector clients across the UK. The provider has a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT), Networking and Connectivity, and Safety and Security. The business is backed by Aliter Capital, a specialist investment firm based in Glasgow and London.

As part of his new role, Paul will play an integral part of the senior leadership team to implement North’s vision and values. With a remit to embed operational and service excellence, he will integrate service delivery, operations, project delivery, and HSEQ to create greater synergies and streamline processes.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul said: “The market opportunity for North is vast. The business already benefits from a strong reputation, an experienced team and a clear plan to tap into existing and new markets such as IoT and 5G. It’s a great time to be joining the business and I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to transform North into an unrivalled end-to-end managed service provider.”

Glen Williams, CEO for North, added: “Paul’s appointment to our team evidences our commitment to building a robust, forward-looking senior leadership team that can help drive and execute our strategy. Paul is a commercial and operationally focussed executive leader, with decades of experience delivering change for ICT organisations. This expertise, coupled with his collaborative and flexible management style will add real value to our business.”

North has ambitious growth plans which are focused on organic and inorganic growth across several established and emerging markets. With a solid order book in place, the team continues to reinforce its position as a market leader within smart integrated technologies.