Thomas International appoints Sabby Gill as its new CEO

Thomas International, the leading global talent assessment platform provider, today announces the appointment of Sabby Gill as its new CEO. Sabby joins Thomas from Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems where he held the position of Executive Vice President and General Manager for UK & Ireland. Prior to joining Sage he held senior roles at Epicor Software, IGT, HP, Oracle and Peoplesoft. He is a member of the UK&I Digital Economy Council and was a board member of TechUk, as well the North-East Regional-Vice Chair of the CBI. Sabby is bringing with him a wealth of international experience in the software industry.

Sabby arrives at Thomas International at a pivotal point in its digital transformation strategy, with the impending launch in September 2020 of its new SaaS-based talent assessment platform set to accelerate the next phase of its rapid global growth. With over 35 years of experience in the technology sector, Sabby will help Thomas capitalise on the huge growth opportunities it sees in helping businesses around the world transform their performance through smarter people decisions, looking beyond just skills and experience to unlock the true potential of people.

Sabby’s appointment will take effect from 1st October 2020, when he will take over from Guy Ballantine who has been Interim CEO since December 2019, and who will remain with the company as COO, a position he has held since joining the business in 2018.

Fergus Brownlee, Chairman, Thomas International commented:

“I’m delighted to welcome Sabby Gill to his new role as CEO of Thomas International. He brings with him an impressive track record of success in the technology sector that will greatly assist in Thomas’s ongoing digital transformation and our journey towards becoming the leading global talent assessment platform provider. 

I would also like to thank Guy Ballantine who stepped up to the interim CEO position in December 2019 at a time of impending huge transformation for Thomas. Within three months of his appointment the impact of COVID-19 struck but nonetheless, over the nine months with Guy at the helm, Thomas has accelerated its transformation in readiness for significant global growth. Guy has won wide admiration and respect for his management style and leadership. He will be an invaluable support to Sabby as they further develop the Thomas International brand”.

Sabby Gill, CEO designate at Thomas International commented:

“I am proud and excited to be joining Thomas International as CEO at such an important and pivotal point in its journey. The pending new platform launch is a key milestone for Thomas International and the team should feel very proud and extremely energised by what they have achieved thus far. However, having a great product is just one ingredient, add into the mix a 40 year history, an extremely committed and talented team, a solid business partner like Palamon Capital Partners and a vast global market opportunity with currently no clear dominant player, and you have a great recipe for success. This is an extremely exciting time to be joining Thomas International, a business that does amazing work in positively impacting business performance and individual’s careers. I’m joining Thomas International to make a real difference and to execute the vision.”


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