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Commsworld hires ‘big hitter’ from council

Edinburgh Council’s CIO and head of ICT is joining Scotland’s largest independent telecoms firm. 

Bruce Strang (pictured) becomes executive director of operations at Commsworld which recently acquired ECS to become a £20million+ revenue business. 

He has been familiar with the firm for many years, having experienced Commsworld’s delivery of a 150km wide area network (WAN) and telephony solution as part of the City of Edinburgh Council ICT contract. 

He said: “The stars seem to be aligning for Commsworld, as most competitors of a similar size have folded or been acquired.” 

Mr Strang was best known for climbing the ranks at outsourcing giant Capita, which included roles as managing director of Updata, and overseeing its Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) framework.

Speaking of the appointment, Ricky Nicol, chief executive of Commsworld, said: “To be able to attract somebody of Bruce’s standing to Commsworld is a real moment in time for us.

“His CV is outstanding. With his technical background, he’s developed into a proven leader who has delivered at the very top, in challenging roles at private and public sector organisations.

 “That experience will be a huge boon for us – and Bruce will immediately look at our delivery of the £30million Glasgow City Council ICT contract.” 

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