Trio of business bigwigs join MK company board

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A MILTON Keynes company has appointed three seriously big names to its board as non-executive directors.

Workforce management specialist WorkPlace Systems, has its HQ in Precedent Drive, Rooksley, and additional offices in North America and Australia.

Former Microsoft Europe Middle East and Africa vice president and chairman Patrick De Smedt becomes chairman, and ex Asda chief executive and chairman Archie Norman and Mark Wells, a former deputy chairman of CODA Plc, are non-executive directors.

Barney Quinn, chief executive of WorkPlace, said: “It sends out a huge statement of intent to the market, our employees and our customers. We already provide world-class cloud based workforce management solutions and these appointments demonstrate that we intend to build and strengthen WorkPlace’s market share.”

All three have invested in the business.

Mr Norman said: “I have invested in WorkPlace because I believe that its workforce management product can significantly improve a retailer’s performance and profitability. WorkPlace has huge potential and I can help drive the business forward with my retail experience”.

WorkPlace Systems currently has 120 staff, a turnover in excess of over £10 million and is a sponsor of Milton Keynes Theatre.

WorkPlace clients include BAE Systems, BBC, British Airways, Manpower, Menzies Aviation, Metro Group, Safeway, South West Water, Subway, Tetley, Thorntons, Wickes and World Duty Free.