GCI appoints ex Microsoft veteran as Non-Executive Chairman

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Lincoln-based converged ICT services provider GCI has appointed Patrick De Smedt as its Non-Executive Chairman.

Patrick brings a wealth of experience to GCI including 23 years with Microsoft, which he joined in 1983 when it had only 200 employees.

The appointment sees current Chairman Wayne Martin step down from the role but remain on the GCI board.

This comes after Mayfair Equity Partners acquired a majority stake in GCI for an undisclosed sum earlier this month.

Adrian Thirkill, CEO of GCI said: “We’re looking forward to working with Patrick as we begin an exciting new phase in GCI’s growth story.

“As one of Microsoft’s key UK partners Patrick’s experience aligns perfectly to what we need as a business.

“It’s a perfect fit for GCI.”

Patrick De Smedt said: “The market is still at the early stages of outsourcing mission critical systems and IT infrastructure, with consumers, brands and government bodies quickly becoming aware of the real benefits available.

“I look forward to working with both Adrian and Mayfair Equity Partners again to realise the business’ vision.”