Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has announced that James Mitchell has joined the firm as Managing Director, UK and Ireland. Mitchell previously spent four years at CDK Global, a competitor to KCS in the Automotive aftersales and ERP market where he rose to become MD for Europe and LATAM. He previously spent nine years at ADP in a variety of roles.
His role will be to improv the local focus of KCS in UK and Ireland. This will allow Ian Bendelow, CEO to concentrate more time on the groups international growth aspirations. Mitchell commented: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead a company that has such a strong portfolio of products which enable our customers to be market leaders in their industries.
“KCS’ strong customer partnership and heritage shows the company has been doing the right things over the years. I also value the commitment and backing we have from our investors, our executives’ clear vision as industry leaders for the future and the investments the company makes in innovating global products for the benefit of the entire customer base.”
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His experience in running business units, services and product management teams should help KCS as it looks to cement and increase its market share in the UK. The move will allow Bendelow to travel more and look after the wider group.
In Mitchell KCS has gone for an experienced leader with experience in the markets that they operate within the UK especially. However, Mitchell also has wider experience across other regions. It raises another question, is this move part of a succession plan for Bendelow himself?