Attenda Appoints New Non-Executive Chairman


Attenda Limited, the Business Critical IT company, today announced the appointment of Simon Downing as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, following on from its acquisition by Darwin Private Equity in August 2011. 

Commenting on the appointment, Mark Fowle, CEO, Attenda says “I would like to extend a big welcome to Simon who I am sure will contribute greatly to the next stage of our development.” 

Simon has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. He was responsible for the formation of Civica following the successful buyout of a UK listed software business with Alchemy Partners in January 2000. He then led the IPO of Civica plc in March 2004 and the subsequent growth and expansion of the Group. In May 2008, Simon led the team that completed the management buyout of Civica plc with 3i, and since then he has led the next phase of growth to a turnover of over £180m in 2011. Simon is the current CEO of Civica. 

Simon brings to Attenda his expertise in managed services and IT outsourcing, with market sector specialisation extending from local authorities to large banks. 

“We are delighted to welcome Simon to the Board of Directors. We are excited by the commercial opportunity for Attenda and Simon’s exceptional track record in the IT industry will be invaluable in capturing this.” added Nick Jordan, Partner, Darwin Private Equity. 

On his appointment Downing said, “I am delighted to be joining the Attenda Board of Directors to help realise the growth and expansion plans for the business.” 

Downing adds, “With an exciting evolving portfolio of services, supported by a strong reputation for exceptional client service, Attenda is well positioned to develop its market share in the mid-sized enterprise managed services space.” 

Fowle concludes, "We have a huge amount of ambition and a passion for doing the best for our clients. Simon has built Civica into a company that really understands its customers and it has grown considerably as a result. He had been through many of the challenges we will face over the coming years and is a great addition to the team."

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