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Former Skyscanner VP lands at xDesign

xDesign has appointed former Skyscanner senior VP for growth Shane Corstorphine as chair.

The new role will see Corstorphine overseeing xDesign’s strategic direction and corporate governance with the aim of supporting the company’s next phase of growth.

This appointment follows a period of rapid growth for xDesign under outgoing chair Paul Atkinson which has seen near 10x revenue growth in just three years, whilst growing its workforce from just 40 people in 2020 to over 500 in 2023. This year has also seen the Leeds and Edinburgh-based digital consultancy and delivery partner secure minority investment from Soho Square Capital and join forces with innovation and design company CreateFuture.

Founder and CEO of xDesign Euan Andrews said: “I’ve known Shane for more than 10 years and in that time he’s been a big supporter of the type of company we’re building here at xDesign. Having himself been instrumental within one of Edinburgh’s homegrown success stories in recent times, the knowledge and insight he can bring will be vital in helping us to scale at pace and navigate the common pitfalls that high-growth digital businesses face. What’s more, he shares xDesign’s belief that it’s only by investing in people that you can build a sustainable high-growth company.”

Corstorphine added: “We’ll be working hard to consolidate xDesign’s reputation as an outstanding digital delivery partner and as one that invests in and nurtures digital talent at all levels of the company. Only by doing this will we be able to unleash the full potential of the business in the long term.”

Since leaving Skyscanner, Corstorphine has founded Scale Up Consulting Ltd which provides coaching for CEOs of rapidly scaling businesses. He is also a non-executive director for Simple Online Healthcare, and Forge Holiday Group.

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