APPOINTMENTS Industry giant joins Air IT as sales director

East Midlands-based managed service provider (MSP) and Chamber strategic partner Air IT has appointed industry veteran Mark Whitehead as sales director. The new appointment follows recent developments to the leadership

team, including John Whitty succeeding the Sandiacre company's founder Todd McQuilkin as CEO.

Having spent more than a decade across sales and marketing within the

IT and communications sector, Mark will lead Air IT’s sales strategy to drive ambitious plans to grow organically and through acquisition. Speaking for the first time in his new role as sales director, Mark said:

“My experience and success in the IT industry has been stimulated by introducing new technologies at the right time that are game-changing for businesses. “To join the company at this time is a really exciting prospect. I’m eager

to continue to build on Air IT’s success as a leading MSP having grown 30% year on year for the past three years, and to help new and existing clients transform in the post-pandemic era with the technology and support they need to thrive, providing them with a competitive advantage over their peers.” As well as a faster transition to cloud-based technology and

infrastructure, Air IT expects future growth from both its cyber security and business intelligence services. As businesses become more data-heavy, there will be increased need to consolidate information, as well as greater emphasis on data protection due to cyber security threats. Mark added: “Being a local Nottingham lad, I have been an admirer of Air

IT for a number of years and have the upmost respect for the company, its customers and its team. So, to now be working for one of the UK’s leading MPS is a real honour and privilege.” Air IT CEO John Whitty said: “It’s imperative that we attract the very

best talent in order to maintain the highest standards, which our customers have come to expect for the past 15 years. With the addition of Mark as sales director, it will allow us to strengthen our service further and help clients enhance their businesses as we move into the next phase of our development.”

Sarah takes the call as enterprise director for BT

Sarah Walker, who has held several senior sales-related roles at BT, has been appointed as the new director of its enterprise business in the Midlands. Sarah started her career at BT

selling analogue mobile phones to SMEs and has worked in a variety of roles during her 22 years with the firm. She will lead its enterprise unit’s relationships with business and public sector customers across the Midlands region. Sarah said: “We know how tough

it has been for our customers, including some who have had to temporarily cease trading and others who are adapting to finding new ways of working. “The shutdown of normal activity

is having a huge impact on businesses, particularly in the hospitality, leisure, entertainment, travel and education industries. As a critical enabler, we are doing all we can to support our partners in both the public and private sectors. “We’re also supporting

businesses from sole traders and SMEs, all the way through to large corporates by giving them access to the best technology, flexible options and training to help them

navigate through this crisis.” BT has invested significantly in

the Midlands region with the recent announcement of a new future workplace for thousands of staff at Three Snowhill in Birmingham; and 5G mobile services launching in a number of cities and towns including Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Nottingham and Leicester. Sarah continued: “BT’s values

align with the strategic plan for the Midlands; with a focus on skills, technology and transport within the Region, we have a great opportunity to support the social and economic growth objectives, bringing our public and private sectors closer than ever using the power of technology to enrich the industries and communities that we serve.” Welcoming Sarah's appointment,

Dean Terry, MD for corporate and public sector of BT's enterprise unit, said: “I look forward to working with Sarah in her new role. Her experience of working in senior sales positions within BT and her understanding of the business needs of our corporate and public sector partners in the Midlands will be a huge asset in her new role.”

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