Nexus member Ligentia strengthens Group Board as part of accelerated global growth plan with appointment of Melanie Fitzpatrick as Chief People and Strategy Officer.
Ligentia, a global supply chain technology and services solution provider, today announced the appointment of Melanie Fitzpatrick to the Group Board in the newly created role of Chief People and Strategy Officer.
The business secured a significant investment earlier this year by Equistone Partners Europe Limited (“Equistone”), the European mid-market private equity investor and Mel will have a key role in delivering Ligentia’s ambitious growth plans leading on strategy, people and organisation design, digital transformation, brand and marketing, culture and engagement.
Mel most recently held the role of Chief People and Brand Officer at private equity backed CPA Global, a leader in intellectual property software and tech-enabled services, helping grow the financial value of the business over six-fold at the time of its successful sale to Clarivate plc (NYSE: CLVT) in October 2020. In this role, Mel led a global team that successfully repositioned the brand, shifting the culture and transforming the organisation to unlock value in a fast-paced technology and services environment.
Prior to this, Mel was at Allegis Group Inc, the world’s largest privately-held talent management firm, where she was Managing Director with responsibility for strategic operations, global marketing and communication, based in Sydney, Australia.
Commenting on her appointment, Nick Jones, Ligentia CEO said: “This is an exciting and transformative time for Ligentia. We have an ambitious growth strategy through both organic growth and strategic acquisitions and are delighted to welcome Mel to the team. Her executive experience spans 25 years working in diverse businesses and sectors in private, public and PE backed organisations. She’s worked and lived on four continents and has been instrumental in a number of large-scale M&As in technology and services with a track record of delivering value creation for both people in organisations and investors. Mel’s global experience in growing and scaling platform businesses that blend technology and customer success make her an ideal addition to the team.”
Mel said: “This is a transformative time for the supply chain industry fuelled by the demand for more resilient, digital and sustainable supply chains. I’m excited to be joining the Ligentia team with its strengths in people, technology and customer experience, to help realise these opportunities and deliver value for our customers, community partners and society as a whole.”
Garry Watts, Ligentia Chairman, added: “Since I joined Ligentia earlier in the year I have been hugely impressed by the speed that the organisation moves and the outstanding commitment of all our people. As a Board, we’ve recognised the need to complement our existing capabilities with additional expertise and experience in areas that we know will be critical to our ability to implement this new phase of our development. I am delighted to welcome Mel to our Board as well as a number of other senior executive hires. This is a significant investment in the future of the business and gives us a new depth of resource to continue Ligentia’s incredible journey.”
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