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New month, new CEO as Elite Group planned succession takes shape

Incoming Elite Group CEO Adam Turton

Elite Group, a leading Lancashire ICT managed services provider, has appointed Adam Turton as CEO effective from today, February 1.

Turton succeeds Rob Sims who has served as CEO for the last five-and-a-half years. Sims will remain with the company and step into his planned role as board advisor, supporting on strategy and key projects.

Turton has been an integral part of Elite Group over the last 20 years. He started his career with the company as a graduate and progressed quickly through roles across all departments. He has significant experience of leading and delivering organic growth strategies and M&A with more than 15 acquisitions completed in the sector, including a mix of share and asset purchases. He has also held a number of senior management, board and C-Level positions, most recently as chief revenue officer.

As CEO, Turton will focus on setting the long-term strategic direction for the company with a priority on customer experience, product market fit and growth.

Matt Newing, founder and chairman of Elite Group said: “Adam’s appointment is something we’ve been working towards for some time and forms part of an agreed succession plan with outgoing CEO, Rob Sims. With close to 20 years’ experience in the sector working exclusively for Elite Group (and associated group companies), Adam’s appointment is the culmination of all his hard work and dedication to the company. His appointment reflects positively on Elite as an employer that nurtures talent and rewards loyalty, commitment and hard work.”

Outgoing CEO Sims added: “I’m delighted to be handing over responsibilities to Adam. He has all of the leadership qualities and key attributes required to be a successful CEO and is the perfect person to lead Elite Group going forward.”

Turton said: “I’m humbled and privileged to be given the opportunity to lead this amazing business and team of people. I have been appointed to lead the future growth of the business, deliver shareholder returns and drive enterprise value. Above this, my appointment is a fantastic opportunity to bring real value and have a lasting positive impact on the lives of our people, customers and the communities within which we work and live. I have ambitious growth plans for the business and am really excited about the future.”

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