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ANS Group makes heavyweight CFO appointment

ANS CFO Alex Hodgson

Digital transformation specialist ANS Group has appointed Alex Hodgson as its new chief financial officer.

The former Deloitte, DWF, Keoghs and Davies Group exec joins the Manchester-headquartered tech firm with a brief to spearhead its financial operations with a strategic, data-based approach.

Hodgson previously spent nine years at big four accountancy firm Deloitte and served as finance director at global law firm DWF from 2010 to 2015, during which time the company grew turnover from £80m to £180m.

Hodgson brings experience of overseeing acquisitions as well as rapid organic growth to the ANS board, where he joins fellow board members Richard Thompson (CEO), Toria McCahill (CPO), Qaiser Akhtar (CCO), Joe Wolksi (CRO) and Nicola Frost (General Counsel).

Hodgson said: “ANS is a rare combination. A company that’s already a winner in its sector, but is also seen as one to watch for the future. It’s in a high-growth market and customers speak incredibly highly of the services they receive.

“My role is to work hard for our people to create an environment in which everyone in the business can thrive and deliver the best possible service to customers. I’m also excited to work closely with our private equity partners, Inflexion, with whom we have a genuine two-way partnership.”

ANS was acquired by Inflexion in June 2021 and merged with existing Inflexion property UKFast later that year to create the current ANS Group. The company now employs more than 800 people, offering public and private cloud, hosting, security, DevOps, applications and data services to more than 7,000 customers, from enterprise to SMB and public sector organisations.

The appointment follows ANS’s January acquisition of in-administration Preact, a 65-strong Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM Partner and Power Platform Expert.

ANS CEO Richard Thompson added: “Alex is a fantastic fit for ANS and a brilliant addition to our leadership team. His huge range of experience and knowledge will be invaluable as we continue to deliver on our strategy and make true digital transformation a reality for our customers.”

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