Big developments at Teesside IoT specialist with the help of UNW
UNW’s Strategic Talent team has supported the growth plans of Vianet Group, helping to source and appoint Craig McIntyre to its senior management team.
Established in 1996, Stockton-based Vianet has been an AIM-listed business since 2006. It provides actionable data and business insight to over 300 companies across the globe and has more than 250,000 devices connected to its Internet of Things (IoT) platform.
Leveraging its proven and secure cloud-based technology, Vianet collects data from deployed assets which is then sent, structured and rendered through mobile applications and web interfaces onto its service portal. Here it is visualised to provide performance insight for customers in real-time.
Having launched a new app, iDraught, to change the face of the pub industry, coupled with the sharp rise in contactless payments, the company was seeking a fresh perspective on its marketing and business development strategies.
After living and working in the US for several years, Craig McIntyre was looking to return to his North East roots in 2018 and set about re-establishing connections at chartered accountancy and business advisory firm UNW. Craig had previously worked with UNW when establishing his own business and was introduced to UNW’s Head of Strategic Talent Peter Neal, with whom he discussed his career, experiences and the sort of role he was looking for within the local area.
UNW’s Strategic Talent division, which was established in 2015, is a niche service specialising in board-level and senior finance recruitment for organisations in a wide range of sectors.
Craig said: “When I was looking to elevate my career back in the North East, Peter Neal was kind enough to listen to my story and give me his professional consideration.
“He introduced me to Vianet and the process more than met my expectations. UNW’s Strategic Talent team is far more than simply a top senior recruiter in a highly regarded firm of business advisors, but an accomplished, genuine service that offers courteous advice. They really get to understand the needs of the businesses and the individuals they place.”
After successful meetings with Vianet’s CEO Stewart Darling as well as Chief Financial Officer Mark Foster and Non-Executive Chairman James Dickson, Craig was appointed as the firm’s new Business Development Director in August 2018.
Mark Foster said: “Vianet operates within a huge market and with all the new ventures we were currently exploring, we knew we needed to introduce that next-level skillset to the business. We just weren’t sure what that it looked like at that point.
“I was aware of Peter Neal and the UNW Strategic Talent service and he was very frank and honest with me. He really took the time to understand the Vianet culture and business plan and suggested that Craig would be a good fit for the business. It has proved to be an extremely successful appointment.”
Peter Neal, Head of Strategic Talent at UNW, said: “What sets us apart from mainstream recruitment is that by really getting to know both individuals and businesses in a personable way, we can introduce parties to each other when there isn’t a set role advertised.
“After first meeting Craig, I knew he was the right person to match Vianet’s growth ambitions and was delighted when the conversations led to the creation of the Business Development role for him. I wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”
Paul Callaghan is co-founder and the Chair of The Leighton Group, the North East-based set of software, technology, communication and
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