Brett Morris has been appointed as chief financial officer of UK managed cloud communications provider Olive Communications.
Morris’ appointment comes at a pivotal time for the business, which has seen expansive growth from £10m turnover in 2012 to £32m in 2017, and following the £10m investment in the business in 2016 from BGF (Business Growth Fund).
A Deloitte trained and qualified chartered accountant with a London Business School MBA, Morris’ strength lies in increasing business performance utilising a strategic and commercial approach.
Most recently Morris held roles at Capricorn Capital Partners, a multi-asset, private equity fund focused on digital media businesses, and Sandbox Partners, an investor and operator with a focus on technology led education organisations, operating SaaS business models.
“I am really excited to be joining Olive at such a pivotal time for the business and the industry as a whole. The Olive story is a very interesting journey of entrepreneurial endeavour that has successfully tackled competitive challenges in building a robust and agile long-term business in a very fast-paced market environment that shows no sign of abating any time soon,” said Morris.
“I am relishing the opportunity to get under the skin of the business, working closely with my colleagues to participate in delivering on the emergent theme of unified communications, which I see as a very powerful force for change in empowering UK PLC to deliver on their stated aims and objectives.”
Morris’ immediate focus will be on creating a robust financial platform to support the rapidly scaling business as it evolves its cloud and unified communications business model.
With pedigree across legal, financial, insurance, accounting, manufacturing, private health, retail, travel, logistics and construction sectors, Olive’s experience and success lie in migrating clients to the cloud, with an emphasis on transforming business capability and agility.
Olive works with clients to strategically build and implement simple and straight forward, flexible and cost-effective solutions, making use of best of breed services, from a multi-vendor managed supply relationship, including key relationships with Vodafone & Mitel.
Martin Flick, CEO of Olive, commented: “I’m delighted to have appointed Brett to join me and the team and help to take full advantage of this next chapter of Olive's evolution. Brett’s vision, enthusiasm, energy and insatiable appetite for knowledge is what stands him apart and is completely in line with Olive’s forward thinking and approach as a business.
“We look forward to learning from his experience and are delighted to have him on board as we continue to build on our position as a market leader dedicated to advising ambitious mid-market and enterprise businesses on their transformative growth strategies.”