Ricky Nicol, co-founder and chief executive of Edinburgh-based independent network provider Commsworld, has announced his retirement.
Nicol will take on the new position of vice-chairman and will remain on the board of the company as a non-executive director.
Since founding Commsworld in 1994, Nicol first worked at the company as business development manager before becoming chief executive in 2007.
He said: “Today is an emotional day, but also a good day for myself and for Commsworld. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing this company grow and develop over the past 27 years. When I first started, we were the new kids on the block who had to prove our worth against some formidable and much larger competitors.
“Together with my excellent team, we achieved this through digital excellence, fantastic customer relations and a brilliant growth strategy which has seen us become the UK’s leading independent network provider.
“It is no secret that, as well as working hard to establish a successful business, I have faced and won my own battle with ill health. Not only that, but last year – the year of Covid – I became a grandfather.”
As part of changes to the company’s leadership structure, Steve Langmead will take on the role of chief executive of the Edinburgh-headquartered company,
Langmead has worked as the director of Commsworld since 2018, with previous roles including Senior Vice President of Atos in Scotland, and Capita’s Chief Executive for Scotland.
According to Commsworld, Langmead will lead the company’s new growth plan, which aims to build upon the company’s growth over the last five years in both Scotland and across the UK.
He said: “I am honoured to accept the role of Chief Executive of Commsworld, and very much look forward to leading the company on this exciting phase of growth and development.
“I would also very much like to pay tribute to the huge achievements of Ricky Nicol. Since starting up Commsworld in 1994, Ricky has successfully built a highly-efficient business which delivers real value for its customers, fundamentally altering the digital landscape in Scotland and the UK.
“Both Ricky and Commsworld are a huge success story, and I look forward to continuing to work with Ricky. His entrepreneurial drive will still be at Commsworld in his new role as Vice-Chairman to guide the company forward to even greater success.”
Nicol added: “I believe the time is now right for a new leader to drive Commsworld forward, and am delighted that Steve has accepted that role. He is a business leader with a huge track record of success, and I look forward to helping him in my role as Founder and Vice-Chairman to achieve that success.”
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Chairman John Trower said: “I am delighted that Steve has accepted the role of Chief Executive. I would also like to pay tribute to the amazing work of Ricky, and look forward to carrying on my work with him and other members of the Board so Commsworld continues to be the provider of choice for digital connectivity solutions to clients across all sectors throughout the UK.”
Commsworld has been part of several projects to help accelerate the digital transformation around the UK. Last year, it helped create a new full-fibre network in Glasgow to deliver CCTV and traffic control services.
It also worked to upgrade digital connectivity and services across Renfrewshire as part of a £15-million contract.