Callcredit chief data officer Mark Davison – who has been with the company since its inception as an offshoot of the Skipton Building Society – is leaving five months after it was bought by US data giant TransUnion in a deal worth £1bn.
Davison started his career at Rolls-Royce as a graudate trainee in 1988, before joining GMAP Consulting in 1995, one of three businesses – including Callcredit and EuroDirect – which formed the Skipton Information Group.
It rebranded to Callcredit Information Group in 2009; the same year that London-based buyout firm Vitruvian Partners bought the firm for an estimated £120m.
On LinkedIn Davison said: “It’s been an honour to have taken Callcredit from a start-up to a £1bn sale. We achieved so many things on the roller coaster ride – many of them we were repeatedly told were not possible.
“Thank you to everyone in the company past and present that made these impossible things possible. Thank you for the opportunity to learn from you, for the counsel you gave me – and the opportunity to lead some of you. Like all companies it is the people that make them great, and it is the people I shall miss the most. Now for a couple months off…. Before I start to think about what the next grand adventure might be….”
The company is now being referred to as “TransUnion, formerly Callcredit”, moving to simply TransUnion later this year.
Callcredit employs more than 1,300 across sites in Leeds, London, Stockport, Warrington and at its HQ in Leeds. It also has international offices in Spain, US, Japan, China, Dubai and Lithuania and has agents working across other international markets. TransUnion already has a presence in over 30 countries worldwide.
The full integration to TransUnion is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
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