Former Owls finance chief joins WANdisco

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Former Sheffield Wednesday and Dyson Group chief financial officer Nick Parker has joined California and Sheffield-based software development systems specialist WANdisco and the company moves towards a stock market floatation.

Mr Parker will oversee WANdisco’s finance, accounting and investor relations operations and also becomes a member of the company’s executive management team.

Prior to joining WANdisco, he played a key role in the transformation of Dyson from a traditional refractory business into a high growth performance materials group and the sale of Sheffield Wednesday to private investors.

Before that, he was vice president for corporate development with engineering group Carclo.

WANdisco was co-founded by Sheffield-born chief executive David Richards, is based in San Ramon, not far from America’s Silicon Valley, and has a development centre on the Sheffield Digital Campus.

The company is the developer of the world’s most popular source code management product, Subversion, which allows people in offices around the world to collaborate on software development.

Subversion dominates the software development market and is used by blue chip corporates around the world, including most, if not all the Fortune 1,000 companies.

David Richards said: “Nick’s proven track record as a successful public company CFO and hands on business experience made him the ideal person to step into this important role on our management team. I’m pleased to have found a seasoned executive with experience in both the US and UK market.”

Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets has appointed Mark Burton as regional managing director for the North of England.

His responsibilities will include the bank’s 18-strong team in Sheffield and Hull.

Prior to joining Lloyds, Mr Burton worked in corporate banking for both Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland.