This follows the announcement on 12 December 2016 of the intention of Chris Spencer, our current CEO, to retire from the Board during 2017.
Andy has an excellent track record of achievement in his previous roles, both in the UK and overseas. He has recently returned to the UK after four years working for Digicel, latterly as the Group COO of the Caribbean and South Pacific based communications and entertainment provider. In this role (from 2014 to 2016), Andy was responsible for driving significant growth in revenues and profitability, both organically and via M&A. He was previously CEO of Digicel Caribbean and Central America and CEO of Digicel Jamaica.
Prior to joining Digicel Andy had over 16 years' experience in the software industry having had senior management roles at INTEC Plc, Chronicle Solutions Ltd and a number of Benchmark Capital Portfolio companies (including Kalido Inc and Orchestria Ltd). Andy was also a Managing Director within BT Group.
Chris Spencer has been a pivotal member of our leadership team, and a major contributor at both a strategic and operational level, ever since he joined the Group in 1999. He served as the Group's Chief Administrative Officer, Group Counsel and Company Secretary prior to being appointed Chief Executive. The Board wishes Chris well in his retirement and it has been agreed that he will be available to the Group for an appropriate period of time under a consulting arrangement.
Mike O'Leary, Chairman of EMIS Group, said:
"We are delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Thorburn following an extensive search process for Chris's replacement. Andy is a proven and outstanding business leader with an excellent track record in the software and IT sectors. The Board is looking forward to working with Andy, at what is an exciting time in the Group's development, and helping him to strengthen further our position as the UK leader in connected healthcare software and services.
"Chris has given outstanding service to EMIS Group for over seventeen years, including as Chief Executive since 2013, and we wish him a long and healthy retirement."