Steve Horne to leave OT Group as new CEO appointed

Following what has undoubtedly been an extremely challenging period in the business, OT Group CEO Steve Horne is to step down from his role by the end of March

Over the past few months and with the support and investment from parent company Paragon, the OT Group have transformed and stabilised their business – taking the opportunity to understand the needs of their customers and be even more relevant in what is an ever changing market. 

Horne says, “In spite of the third national lockdown, we are slowly returning to ‘business as usual’ and this time we are well prepared for the challenge of the next few months and fully committed to providing great service and support for our customers, whatever their needs.   

“I feel that now is the right time to announce my departure from the group.  The senior team at OT Group have a strong and ambitious growth plan for 2021 and with the backing and full commitment of our parent company Paragon, I leave excited and optimistic for the group’s future.

“I would like to thank all my colleagues who have worked with dedication, passion and determination throughout this challenging time and our customers and suppliers for their continued support.”

Horne will handover to new CEO, Andrew Jones. Jones joins the OT Group from Paragon ID where he has held the position of UK general manager/CEO since 2017.  In this period, he grew sales by 50% and EBIDTA by 200% and in addition he transformed the PID business through automation, acquisition and consolidation. 

Key acquisitions included Thames Card Technologies; Harland Simpson and Burrall Infosmart. Prior to joining Paragon, Andrew spent two years at Grant Thornton Business Consulting and three years at Intelligent Energy as global supply chain director. Jones has extensive experience in global supply chain, software driven businesses and in managing large disparate teams. His career path has also seen him work for TomTom in The Netherlands and Toyoda in South Wales.

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