Adventi Group has sent out a clear signal of its intent to become a significant business IT provider by audaciously poaching the head of Oracle Scotland to become its new CEO.
Commenting on the appointment of Eddie Chance, a 19 year veteran at Oracle, Adventi founder and director of strategy Graham Bucknall, argued it "gives us an amazing new opportunity to develop and grow the business".
Chance was very well-known in the IT industry in Scotland, Bucknall added, and to Adventi's major suppliers. "They all think it's a great move for us," he said.
Chance replaces John McAleenan who has been CEO since Adventi acquired Scotsys, the Apple reseller he headed, in 2005. McAleenan resigned at the end of last year but stayed on until a replacement could be found.
McAleenan, a significant shareholder at Adventi, said he was pleased the company "had been able to attract somebody of Eddie's calibre".
In a statement, Chance spoke of leading Adventi "into the next phase of its evolution", adding: "I am confident that in the next few weeks Adventi Group will be making several significant announcements as our strategies continue to evolve".
Adventi, named as the fastest growing IT support business in the UK by the Sunday Times FastTrack100, has already been making changes to the Apple business it gained with the acquisition of Scotsys, shutting the Glasgow Apple retail store in February and selling its Edinburgh shop to Cancom in April.