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I’m pleased to announce that I have appointed John D Connolly as the new CEO of the Copylab group. John took over from me on 1 January 2021, having led the North American division of Copylab successfully in the past five years. I am moving to the role of executive chairman of the company and remain fully invested in the future of our fantastic business.

This move is a symbolic moment for Copylab and for me personally. I have led this business since I set it up in 2005 and our team has made numerous significant achievements. We now employ more than 100 people worldwide, support dozens of financial services clients and have built a global business that has grown every year since we started trading – including 2020.

 I am proud to hand over the reins to John at a time when the company is in great health. That’s something I’m grateful for given the incredibly challenging environment we all faced in 2020.

We now employ more than 100 people worldwide, support dozens of financial services clients and have built a global business that has grown every year since we started trading – including 2020.

John has led our North American business since 2015 with energy and enthusiasm. And he will bring that same vigour to our clients all around the world. He is moving his family to Edinburgh this month, underlining the continuing importance of our UK clients and employees to the Copylab business. We are and always will be a Scottish company at heart, and that is reflected in our culture and values.

In my role as executive chairman, I will support John and the senior team at Copylab around the world. This will include continuing my work in developing our business in Asia and the Middle East, and the development of our Chinese-language proposition in Beijing.

Despite the tumultuous events of 2020 and the likely impact on the world economy, I look forward to 2021 with cautious optimism for our business and our clients’ businesses. Our industry will always need to communicate effectively with our customers, and Copylab is ideally placed – with a roster of fantastic talent – to help our clients’ messages cut through the noise.