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New hire on back of profits leap

Kirkwood takes senior role at Exception

Robert Kirkwood

Robert Kirkwood

Technology consultancy Exception has appointed Robert Kirkwood as head of digital and change (financial services).

An experienced IT transformation leader and CIO, Mr Kirkwood was most recently lead delivery partner for Capco UK and before that he led the PwC European, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) IT transformation capability.

He joins as the Edinburgh-based company reported a 37% rise in profits to £1.5 million on revenue 25% higher at £26m for the year to the end of December.

CEO Scott McGlinchey, who says the company is now one of the largest indigenous IT firms in Scotland, said: “We are seeing increasing demand for mobile apps services, managed services with defined outputs and cloud-based solutions.

“Newer technologies such as blockchain, voice recognition and augmented reality are emerging but it will be a few years yet until we see such technologies imbedded in the enterprise.”

Mr Kirkwood said many companies have invested “very significant sums” in their technology over the last decades leading to their technology estate being extremely large and complex.

“However, some of the hype in the market fails to recognise the complexity of change,” he warned.

Exception believes it is well placed to help customers on their digital journey. They include banks, police services, government departments, airports, drinks companies, pharmaceutical and utilities companies.

Last year Exception – employing more than 250 people with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Manchester and London – acquired Waracle, the mobile and IoT company.

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