Grid Edge announced today that Paul McCorquodale, an experienced business leader who has previously scaled fast growing start-ups through business transformation, has been appointed as its new CEO.
Tom Anderson, Co-Founder of Grid Edge has decided to step down as CEO and will remain with the company on its Leadership team. Tom led Grid Edge from its inception as a spin-out from Aston University through to a strong growth phase, along with two successful funding rounds.
“During the past five years Tom has given everything to the business and remains a vital member of the Grid Edge team. After closing a recent investment round and successfully negotiating new sales and partnership agreements, Tom has personally recognised a new structure for the leadership team will ensure the business reaches its next phase of growth and scale” said Andy Tulloch, Chairman of Grid Edge Ltd.
“I am pleased to welcome Paul to the Grid Edge team. His track record, depth of relevant experience in start-ups and FTSE 100s and excitement about joining our business makes him an ideal leader to take Grid Edge to the next level, ” Andy said.
Most recently, Paul was Chief Operating & Information Officer at one of the UK’s fastest growing and award winning energy consultancies, Amber. Responsible for product, technology, and operations enabling the business to successfully grow year on year. Prior to this, he was COO/CIO at an award-winning ecommerce SaaS business, Volo Commerce, enabling large retail brands to sell instantly all over the world. Here, Paul successfully implemented numerous efficiency improvements across the business, including agile delivery and microservice architecture principals, resulting in over 300% increase in software releases per year.
At EE, and its former brand Orange, Paul held a number of roles during an impressive 15 year career. Joining Orange from Strathclyde University with a degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, he then went on to successfully lead international teams to drive innovation and business efficiencies. These key roles included; UK Delivery Transformation Manager, Head of Network Integration, and Head of Service Management where he was accountable for the successful delivery and performance of all B2B, Wholesales, MVNO, M2M and New Business services to over three million customers on the EE, Orange and T-Mobile brands.
Alongside his corporate career, Paul co-founded Making It Simple. An m-commerce SaaS business providing mobile apps and technology solutions for small businesses across the UK. The solutions included online ordering technology for the hospitality industry and online project management and collaboration system for small businesses.
“As a start-up that has won a series of industry awards and secured successful investments with the likes of bp and Noe Group, I have watched the growth of Grid Edge with interest. Our planet has no plan b, therefore it is critical we find innovative ways to accelerate the reduction of carbon” Paul said. “I am excited to be joining the Grid Edge team enabling business leaders across the world to reduce their impact on the planet. We have a great team, fantastic technology and really supportive investors. With these foundations I cannot wait to work with the team and enable us to reach our full potential.”
Paul joins Grid Edge Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Dr Jim Scott, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer Dr Dan Wright, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Finance Officer Richard Moore, Co-Founder Tom Anderson and Head of Operations & Company Secretary Kerri Lyon on the Leadership Team.