City Grandee Ken Olisa OBE appointed by Outsourcery as its Non-Executive Chairman

Publication date: 02/10/2012

City Grandee Ken Olisa OBE appointed by Outsourcery as its Non-Executive Chairman

Outsourcery, one of the UK’s leading providers of cloud-based IT and unified communications solutions, has strengthened its Board of Directors and corporate governance by the appointment of Ken Olisa as the company’s Non-Executive Chairman.  Ken brings a wealth of technology, financial and strategic advisory experience to Outsourcery as well as a background in international technology sales and marketing.

Ken's technology career spans over 30 years, commencing with IBM before joining Wang Laboratories in 1981. He founded Interregnum, the technology merchant bank in 1992 and led that company through its IPO on London’s AIM in 2000.  Ken retired from Interregnum in 2006 and now runs the boutique technology merchant bank Restoration Partners.

Ken is currently a Director of Thomson Reuters (where he is a member of the Audit Committee). He was formerly a Director (and Chair of the Remuneration Committee) of Canada’s largest software developer, Open Text Corporation and served as a Director of FTSE 50 ENRC (Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation) from 2008 to 2011. 

Ken is actively involved with the City of London’s governance by serving as Deputy Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and his pro bono activities include Chairman of Thames Reach, a Director of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, and Chairman of the Powerlist Foundation

Piers Linney, Co-CEO of Outsourcery, said, "We are extremely pleased to have attracted a Non-Executive Chairman of Ken’s calibre, standing and experience to the board of Outsourcery.  We are confident that his relevant experience and guidance will add material value to the business whilst ensuring that our corporate governance is of the highest quality for all stakeholders.  We warmly welcome Ken to the team and look forward to building a world leading Cloud Service Provider business with him." 

Ken Olisa, Non-Executive Director of Outsourcery, commented, "I have known the management team at Outsourcery for over two years and I have long recognised the quality of the Company’s offerings in the cloud service provider sector. I am pleased to have been appointed Non-Executive Chairman and I firmly believe that Outsourcery has an exciting and successful future ahead of it.”



Outsourcery is a UK leading Cloud Service Provider (CSP) and provider of fully integrated Microsoft unified communications solutions.  Outsourcery leads the UK market in the provision of an integrated channel offering, including self-service cloud platforms, unified communications and, primarily, Microsoft business applications delivered ‘as-as-service’ for monthly subscriptions from the cloud. 
Outsourcery was named as Microsoft’s worldwide ‘Hosting Solutions Partner of the Year 2010’, and as Finalist in the worldwide Microsoft ‘Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year 2011’ award. Outsourcery is a Microsoft Certified Partner with a total of eight competencies including four gold and four silver. The company’s cloud platform and (Ofcom regulated) unified communications capabilities provide high availability and true enterprise-grade services – including integrated network level security, geographic data redundancy and integrated disaster recovery.

The company is ISO 27001 (Information Security) accredited and has state-of-the-art infrastructure that was designed  from the ground to deliver highly efficient and innovative solutions to businesses and partners of all sizes.  Customers range from start-ups to FTSE-100 companies and reseller partners range from local IT and communications suppliers and ISVs to global systems integrators, technology consultancies and telcos.

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