One of the UK's fastest growing software companies, Advanced Computer Software Group Ltd. (Advanced), has appointed Jon Wrennall as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Wrennall will focus on enhancing the quality and innovation at Advanced, taking the software development/product suite to the next level.
Wrennall brings 20 years' experience to his new role. He spent the last five years as CTO of Fujitsu UK and Ireland, overseeing 1,200 architects and driving change across all areas of the business. During his time there, the company, which has an annual turnover of £1.7 billion, grew from a largely public sector client base to nearly 50% private sector.
Prior to moving to Fujitsu, Wrennall served as Chief Information Officer, Transformation Director and SIRO at the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).Before joining the VOA, he served as Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs' first Chief Technology Officer, leading the integration of the former Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise organisations.
At both organisations, he drove savings of £600 million and led IT and business transformations that have helped shape how UK businesses interface with the public sector.
Wrennall will lead in a collaborative, quick paced environment, where he will enhance the quality and innovation of Advanced's products.
Wrennall says, "I cannot think of a better time to join Advanced. The business is going through an exciting period of growth and is investing heavily in software development, so I see this as a massive opportunity to build on the broad set of products and services.
"I am looking forward to working with the team to create and deliver truly world class solutions that will enable our customers to compete and to win in a digital enabled world. Without question, Advanced is one of the most dynamic IT companies in the UK and I am eager to be part of their ongoing success story."
Gordon Wilson, CEO, Advanced Computer Software Group says, "Jon's appointment as our new CTO is an excellent start to the new year and is an example of the calibre of senior executives who are inspired to join Advanced.
"He brings unrivalled experience to the role as well as a passion for technology and proven leadership skills, which will further enhance our products and take us closer to our goal of becoming a world class business."
Wrennall is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the British Computer Society, founding Fujitsu Fellow and member of the Advisory Board for leading application intelligence company, AppDynamics.
A strong believer in recognising and harnessing talent, Jon founded the Fujitsu Distinguished Engineer Programme, recognising technology and excellence of role models who are shaping the industry. He will replace James Berry, who developed Adastra, a leading patient management system used by 90% of urgent care organisations across the UK and Ireland.
Founded in 2008, Advanced employs more than 2,000 members of staff and provides healthcare, business and learning management software and services to 20,000 customers. The Group was acquired by private equity firm, Vista Equity Partners (Vista) for an enterprise value of £750 million in March 2015.