Air IT announces new CEO as John Whitty

East Midlands-based managed service provider (MSP), Air IT, has appointed John Whitty as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Whitty succeeds the firm’s Founder, Todd McQuilkin, who will continue as Non-Executive Director, with Managing Director James Healey stepping into the role of Chief Operating Officer.

As the new CEO, Whitty will lead the organisation’s strategy to drive growth and performance as a premium provider of managed IT and communication services. Whitty will start the role with immediate effect, bringing with him more than 20 years’ experience building some of the UK’s leading ICT service providers.

James Healey, Chief Operating Officer at Air IT, said:

“I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved at Air IT since our foundation in 2005, experiencing fantastic recognition at industry and national levels through our various awards and accreditations.

“As we enter this exciting new period for our business, we remain focussed on developing our services through innovation and continuing to provide real value for our clients.

“It’s our vision to deliver an exceptional experience for customers every time, whilst also offering a top workplace for our team, and I look forward to driving this further alongside John.”

Whitty comments:

“Having tracked and admired Air IT’s tremendous growth, technical experience and commitment to its customers, I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the company into its next phase of development.

“I’m eager to ensure that we continue to develop and deliver outstanding levels of service, and to cement our position as a leader in the SME space of the UK managed services market.”

Air IT currently employs more than 70 full-time staff, manages over 500 SME clients, and enjoys exceptionally high staff and client retention in excess of 97%. Over the next three years, the business plans to increase its headcount further as it expands beyond the Midlands and increases its footprint across the UK.

Healey adds:

“With some very exciting plans in store, we’re looking forward to creating new job opportunities for local people. As home to some fantastic universities, the East Midlands region provides a great platform for us to attract the best talent and ensure we can continue to lead the way as a top UK MSP.”

Air IT is the first Managed Service Provider in the East Midlands to achieve the 3-Star Service Desk Institute Certification, and is independently ranked as one of the world’s most progressive MSPs and number 1 in the Midlands. Air IT was recently crowned as the National MSP of the Year at the CRN Awards in London.

Picture: John Whitty CEO and James Healey COO

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