Cloud Technology Solutions hires Edinburgh-based chief operating officer

insider.co.uk | March 24, 2020

IT group Cloud Technology Solutions (CTS) has appointed Tom Ray as chief operating officer based in its Edinburgh office.
He joins the Manchester-headquartered firm's 14-strong team in the capital from cloud computing consultancy Cloudreach, where he worked for nine years and was most recently general manager of Microsoft Azure.The University of Aberdeen graduate has more than 20 years’ experience implementing digital strategies for businesses.CTS is Europe’s largest Google Cloud Premier Partner and works on digital transformation strategies for 400 clients including Irn-Bru maker AG Barr, fashion brand Victoria Beckham and the Daily Telegraph. Last year CTS posted revenues of £27.5 million, up 50% on 2018.

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