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Phoenix IT Group has filled its CEO position, which was going to become vacant at the end of the month with the departure of Nick Robinson, with a former Fujitsu Services UK boss David Courtley.
Courtley will join the firm which has been focusing on the cloud and stepping up its mid-market efforts with a need to provide some firm direction for the next stage of its development.
Robinson is retiring at the end of the month at the AGM on 28 July with Courtley stepping into his role and joining the board from the start of August.
Peter Bertram, chairman of Phoenix, said that Robinson had been responsible for driving the growth at the firm since he bought into the business back in 1993 and had led its flotation in 2004 and wished him well in retirement.
Turning to Courtley's appointment Bertram said that he had the experience to "lead the business through its next phase of development and growth".
In his statement Robinson said that he had enjoyed his 18 years but had let it be known back in 2008 that he planned to retire and had stuck to the timetable to go in three years.
"It is now the right time to handover to a senior leader with the experience of driving larger IT service organisations. My interest in Phoenix will continue through my shareholding and I look forward to the future success of the Group."