The Board of earthport plc announces the appointment of Michael (Mike) Harrison (60) as Non-Executive Chairman with effect from today, 3rd May 2005.
Currently Managing Director of The Steering Partnership Limited, Mike was previously Managing Director of Cedar Group from 1997 to 2002. He also spent two years at Informix between 1995 and 1997.
Between 1990 and 1995 Mike was Managing Director of Oracle Corporation UK Limited - the company's largest operating unit. Mike helped redesign the UK and worldwide operations and saw turnover rise from £90 million to £210 Million.
Previously Mike ran the UK and Ireland operations for Data General 1986-1990 and set up the software and services division of Burroughs between 1982 and 1986 - turning a £5million loss into a £5million profit.
In view of this appointment, Andrew (Andy) Ripley has resigned from the Board of earthport plc, having served 12 days short of three years as Non-Executive Chairman. The Board would like to express its gratitude for the exemplary and resilient manner of Andy's service as Chairman in testing times during the re-engineering of the Company.
Rob Cunningham Earthport CEO commented: "We welcome Mike to earthport. His wealth of top line management experience and knowledge in the IT and online sectors will greatly benefit the Company and fits well with the recent appointments of Calum Cunningham as Managing Director and Nick Dunlop as Commercial Director. Andy has been a redoubtable and responsible Chairman of earthport acting in the best interests of shareholders. I am personally very grateful for the support he has given to the Company and members of the management team during his tenure."