At IFS this will bring to an end the leadership of Alastair Sorbie after 12 years as CEO. Sorbie has led IFS through many changes, it now has a cloud-based ERP solution, built on the Microsoft Azure platform. He also led the company through its acquisition by private equity firm EQT.
Roos spent nine years at Software AG before moving to SAP where he spent four years in various leadership roles. He left SAP in January as President SAP ERP Cloud and will bring a wealth of experience to his new role. The change may see IFS competing more directly with SAP ERP solutions such as S/4 HANA Cloud, BusinessByDesign and BusinessOne.
Roos commented: ”I am excited and privileged to lead IFS in this next chapter. IFS is an incredible business! The combination of its strong ERP heritage, leadership in EAM and FSM, and exemplary customer satisfaction gives it the perfect platform to play a dominant role in the enterprise software industry.
“I plan to bring my experience and skills specifically around scaling companies, building cloud businesses, and establishing high-performing teams to enable IFS to continue to flourish.”
While the press release infers that Sorbie is retiring, he will also act an an adviser to EQT. Per Franzen, partner at EQT commented: “We thank Alastair for his commitment to the company and we are grateful to him for establishing IFS as the successful business it is today. We also look forward to continue working with Alastair as part of the EQT industrial network.”
What does this mean
Like Xero, IFS has brought in a new CEO to help the company scale. Sorbie led a successful transformation modernising the company from a legacy on-premises vendor to one that is cloud enabled and recognised as one of the more innovative vendors.
EQT have ambitions for IFS. They have supported several acquisitions in recent months (Mxi Technologies, Workwave and MPL systems limited) and will look to Roos to deliver further growth. Per Franzen commented: ““Darren’s experience, knowledge, and proven track record of building successful businesses in the markets where IFS operates make him a great choice as CEO. The appointment of Darren comes at a time when IFS has a real opportunity to generate further momentum in the sector and extend its leadership position. This is good news for customers, partners and of course employees.”