James Whitehouse

Ascent appoints James Whitehouse as new COO

Ascent has appointed James Whitehouse as Group Chief Operating Officer.

Following 11 years as Board Director at technology and business consulting firm BJSS, James joins Ascent during a period of massive growth to lead its global operations and customer success teams. Working with Ascent CEO Stewart Smythe, he will help scale the business and shape innovation strategies that position Ascent firmly at the forefront of European technology and digital service delivery.

James brings 20+ years of technology and consulting experience to his new role, starting out in banking before joining PwC Consulting and going on to found and sell a successful software engineering and technology business. As board director at BJSS, he grew the business from 100 people to a thriving 2000-strong operation, which makes him a perfect match for Ascent’s growth ambitions.

Stewart Smythe, CEO at Ascent said: “It’s a pivotal moment for us as we take Ascent to the next level. James’ blend of expertise in business transformation and international development will be crucial as we continue our European expansion. His consultative customer approach coupled with real technical depth and substance will help to deliver the outcomes our customers need – we’re delighted to have him on board.”

James Whitehouse said: “Our customers’ success depends on their ability to innovate, deliver and put technology to work quickly. My main focus is to accelerate the evolution of our operations and delivery capability, maintaining the highest levels of quality and continuing to build trust as our customers deliver on their digital and technology agendas.”

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