By: E&P Staff
Atex, Reading, England, has appointed Alan Reardon from group chief operating officer to Group CEO.
Reardon replaces John Hawkins, who left the company to “pursue other interests,” according to an Atex executive. Hawkins, who joined Atex in 2004 as group CEO and remains its second largest shareholder, is credited with helping increase profits for five consecutive years on annual revenues exceeding $100 million.
After joining Atex in 2003 as Group COO, Reardon was instrumental in merging acquisitions, which include Unisys publishing systems in 2006, Mactive in 2007, Web CMS developer Polopoly in 2008 and Kaango earlier this year. His 30-plus years’ experience in delivering software solutions includes clients worldwide. Before joining Atex, he spent more than 20 years in the manufacturing sector.
“In 2003, it was quite a revelation to leave an industry where packaged software was the norm, and to join the media industry, where major publishers were still entrenched in complex project implementations and customized solutions,” Reardon said in a statement. “I am pleased this has now changed with the fierce demand for instant results forcing transformation and focus on business benefits.”