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Ex- Microsoft executive joins Lumison as Chairman

Lumison has today announced the appointment of Pieter Knook as non-executive chairman. Knook, who previously held senior roles at Microsoft and Vodafone, joins Lumison to develop future growth strategies to support the company’s aggressive expansion plans.

Knook brings a deep knowledge of internet, mobile and cloud-based services, which he will utilise within Lumison as it aims to become the largest UK managed services company to specifically serve the Small and Medium Business (SMB) market. The Group will focus on providing practical, cost-effective solutions to customers’ business IT issues, by providing reliable IT infrastructure-as-a-service, as the need for a scalable and flexible way of working grows.

At Vodafone, Knook was responsible for Internet Services, building a suite of cloud based services to reinvent Vodafone Live. Prior to this, Knook spent 18 years at Microsoft, where he was one of the top 25 executives. His career at Microsoft started in the UK, before he moved to the USA and Japan. During this time, he took the role of Vice President for the Asia Region. Following this, Knook was Senior Vice President for the mobile and communications sector at a global level.

Lumison recently announced the acquisition of Dedipower Managed Hosting Ltd. This acquisition was part of Lumison’s business growth strategy, which has seen the company’s revenues increase from £6.4m to £27.5m over the last three years.

Lumison offers colocation, managed hosting and cloud services to UK ‘mid market’ companies hosting their online operations, business applications and development environments. It employs 130 staff across the UK and provides managed IT services to 2500 British businesses.

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