Callcredit raids US as McAndrew exits

Callcredit picks chief as McAndrew exitsCallcredit Information Group has drafted in a new American boss to succeed John McAndrew, who is stepping down just nine months after leading a management buyout of the business backed by a US private equity firm.
Mike Gordon (pictured, right) joins from business analytics software company Fair Isaac Corp, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s global sales, services, and marketing operations.
He has been at Fair Isaac since 2005, and headed up the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region before taking up his most recent job. Prior to that he spent 13 years in financial services, including four years at Capgemini.
McAndrew (pictured, left) joined Callcredit as sales director in October 2000, when the company was launched by Skipton Building Society with the twin aims of breaking Experian and Equifax’s stranglehold on the credit reference market as well as their dominance of the consumer data market.
He was appointed managing director of Callcredit in December 2003, and promoted to chief executive in June 2009. Prior to Callcredit he worked within the consumer lending and information industry for businesses operating in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK.
In February this year, McAndrew led the management buyout of Callcredit, backed by US private equity firm GTCR, which bought out its former owner Vitruvian Partners.
Callcredit chairman John Spence paid tribute to McAndrew’s “remarkable work”, saying he had been “a unique champion of the business over many years” and that under his leadership Callcredit has made “enormous progress”.
Spence added: “Mike brings a strong track-record of managing innovative, growing businesses in the decision analytics and financial services sectors. He is intimately familiar with the UK, knows many of our key clients well, and is the ideal candidate to take forward our ambitious plans for growth.”
Mike Gordon said: “John, along with the entire senior management team, has transformed Callcredit into one of the UK’s leading consumer information businesses, and I have always had great admiration for the company’s commitment to innovation and customer service. [I want to ensure] Callcredit continues to be recognised as one of the most forward-thinking and innovative businesses in this space.”

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