We are delighted to welcome Pat Clarke, a specialist in the international technology sector, as our new Chief Executive Officer following the retirement of Managing Director Ian Shard in February.

Pat, who has more than 20 years’ hands-on experience in senior leadership roles, serving as both CEO of Tandberg Data and as Vice President EMEA and ASIA at ArcServe (an international data protection solutions provider).

Pat has an impressive track record in business development, and hiring, mentoring and coaching staff, around the world. He will be based out of Orchard’s Head Office in Newcastle’s Central Square.

Pat Clarke said: “I am proud to join Orchard at such an exciting point in its history and we have ambitious plans for the future. Working closely with the Board and Executive team, we will continue to grow the business by investing in our team, technical solutions and moving further into the digital analytics space, as well as acquiring and integrating businesses that enhance Orchard’s offer to our customers.

“We’d like to thank Ian for his valuable service and commitment to Orchard over the past 20 years and wish him and his family all the best for the future. He will be greatly missed by staff, customers and our business partners alike.

“Through his leadership, skills and the sense of community Ian has instilled in Orchard, we have an incredible foundation on which to build and I look forward to driving Orchard forward to an exciting new era.”

Ian Shard retired from Orchard in February after eight years at the helm Managing Director. He joined the company in 1998 and has spearheaded its development and impressive growth, posting a record sales-year in 2017.

Ian said: “It has been an absolute privilege and a pleasure to work with such a fantastic team of people at Orchard and many brilliant, like-minded customers over the years.

“I’m delighted that Pat is joining Orchard at this time and his impressive CV and track-record in delivering international and cutting-edge solutions in the technology sector speaks for itself. I’m confident Pat will continue Orchard’s strong culture and ethos into the future while taking the company in an exciting new direction under his leadership.”

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