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Optionis appoints deputy chairman

Founder, Rob Crossland, will step into the new position from 1st December 2015. 

The formalisation of the broader strategic role that Rob has occupied in recent years aligns with the groups’ continuing growth ambitions.

Derek Kelly continues in the role he has occupied since 2009 as group managing director. 

Non-executive chairman, Iain Ferguson, believes that the changes will help the group to deliver strong growth objectives.

He explained, “It’s a very exciting time from a group perspective, following our latest acquisitions, the recent investment in rebranding and future plans for growth. In addition, Rob can now formally occupy a clear strategic role providing further value to the entire group as it continues to expand.”

Crossland founded Parasol, now part of the Optionis group, in 2000, after a career in IT contracting. Following a period of sustained growth, Crossland led a management buy-out in 2006. The company then began its acquisition strategy in 2008 creating parent company Optionis and leading to a secondary management buy-out in 2013 by MML Capital Partners.


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