Board appointment

Craneware signs up Branson’s adviser as new chairman

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New chairman: Will Whitehorn

Virgin veteran Will Whitehorn will succeed George Elliott as chairman of Edinburgh-based heath billing software company Craneware.

Mr Whitehorn joined Virgin in 1986 where he established a career as Sir Richard Branson’s corporate affairs adviser and brand development director for the group globally.

He helped develop Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Trains and Virgin Media as businesses and went onto become the first President of Virgin Galactic taking the business from a dream to reality. He is currently chairman of Good Energy Group and deputy chairman of Stagecoach Group, as well as previously being a non-executive director of both Purplebricks Group and GVC Holdings.

Commenting on his appointment, he said Craneware has “a fantastic platform for growth which continues to have great prospects to develop new opportunities in its core US markets and is led by a strong team, who I am very much looking forward to working with over the coming years.”

Keith Neilson, CEO, will tell shareholders at the AGM that the company has “made good progress in the first four months of the year, continuing to sign the contracts that were delayed from the second half of the previous year and progressing towards the successful conclusion of the remainder.”

On Mr Elliott’s retirement, he said: “George has been a fantastic support to me, the board and the business as a whole. Joining us just prior to our IPO, he has overseen tremendous growth in the company during his tenure and will be missed by us all.

“He hands on the baton for the next leg of our journey, as we aim to make the Trisus platform ubiquitous in hospitals throughout the United States. We wish him all the very best for the future and personally from me “tight-lines”.

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