With effect from the 1st November 2012 Ark Continuity Limited (Ark), a UK company specialising in the design, construction and operation of high integrity data centres, is pleased to announce key new appointments that enhance its leadership team and board of directors:
- Huw Owen takes up the position of Chief Executive Officer. Huw was previously President, Global Healthcare at BT, and prior to that he was CEO of the ATLAS Consortium before becoming Regional Vice President and Managing Director of HP ES Defence & Security Ltd. A lawyer by training he moved from the City to Electronic Data Systems (acquired by HP) where he completed several UK and International assignments latterly as Vice President responsible for all new business start-ups of $100M or more across EMEA.
- Steve Hall is appointed as Sales Director reporting to Huw Owen. Steve was previously UK Public Sector Sales Director at HP. A former Naval Officer with an Aeronautical Engineering degree, Steve held several senior operational roles in the IT industry before focussing on Sales.
- The Right Honourable Baroness Manningham-Buller, DCB, life peer in the House of Lords and former Director General of the Security Service (MI5) and Brian Fitzpatrick, CEO of ACN Europe BV are appointed non-Executive Directors.
- Jeffrey Thomas (formerly CEO) will become Non-Executive Chairman. Steve Webb will remain Ark’s Chief Operating Officer now reporting to Huw Owen.
Jeffrey Thomas, Chairman and founder of Ark Continuity, commented: “Having completed the recapitalisation of the business in July of this year, I am delighted that we have secured such a talented and experienced group of individuals to lead the business and deliver on our promise of agile, secure, available and sustainable infrastructure at scale. These appointments confirm and reinforce our commitment to the UK data centre market and strengthen our leadership team at a time of significant opportunity and rapid growth for the company. I am delighted to welcome Huw, Steve, Eliza and Brian to Ark and very much look forward to working together to deliver our World Class solutions.”
Ark headquartered in Corsham, Wiltshire, with data centre facilities in Wiltshire and Hampshire has seen significant interest in its data centre solutions over the past three years. With modular, secure high availability solutions that meet the needs of both government and the private sector. Ark is one of a small number of companies in the industry that has actually delivered operational facilities for clients throughout the recession. Over the next 3 years Ark intends to vigorously build out its estate and client base.
Huw Owen stated: “This is a truly exciting opportunity. Ark is a great company, with a fantastic offering and real and professional backing. Much has been achieved to date and with a clear, re-energised and well executed strategy we will move this business to the next level and are capable of becoming the leading player in our market in the UK. Great people, a world beating product, the right plan, operational excellence, delighted clients and strong, experienced leadership – who’ll stop us!”