The REaD Group and Data Agency chairman Mark Roy has thumbed his contacts book once more to appoint EuroDirect founder and former Callcredit chief Mike Green to spearhead new business development.
As chief market strategist, Green will advise the board on potential opportunities to boost the company’s portfolio, led by the Data Agency, including possible expansion into new areas.
The move follows the appointment of former Acxiom and Communisis chief Jon Can-Lopez, who joined the Data Agency as chief executive last month.
Green set up his first business aged just 15, buying and reprocessing ICI’s synthetic waste from the chemical giant’s Harrogate division. But it was in 1992 that he first entered the data industry by setting up EuroDirect, after spotting the potential for geodemographic analysis of information. Two years later, John Dobson was appointed managing director.
The duo went on to sell the majority shareholding in EuroDirect to Skipton Building Society in 1998 and oversaw the development of CallCredit Information Group. Green remained as chief executive, in charge of the company’s development, until 2009, when he became non-executive chairman.
Mark Roy said: “Mike is one of the pillars of the UK data industry, someone who is constantly on the look-out for new market opportunities and ways to enhance the potential of data for businesses.
“In a landscape where big data and its potential is becoming ever more recognised by businesses as a key company asset, his advice and keen eye for a market opportunity will be instrumental in helping the REaD Group and Data Agency to develop their client offering. Mike’s unparalleled experience in positioning businesses for growth and value recognition will allow us to move to the next level with confidence.”
Green added: “The REaD Group and Data Agency boast a leadership team with vision and the capabilities to deliver amazing business results for their clients. Advising a board so open to new business developments and eager to embrace the potential to grow the business into new and exciting areas will be a task I am eager to begin.”
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