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Chris Jackson joins Thomas International as CTO

Pioneers of psychometric assessments, Thomas International is the leading global provider of people assessment solutions. We are delighted to announce that following a search process by Renovata, Thomas has appointed Chris Jackson as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Thomas International delivers online psychometric assessments, talent consulting and other related HR and team development services. More than 2M Thomas International assessments are completed each year across more than 60 countries and in 56 languages; and the company has pioneered low cost, easy-to-use online solutions targeting the SME end of the market as successfully as the corporate sector. In January 2018, the business was acquired by London’s Palamon Capital Partners (high growth service businesses, exits include FeelUnique and Zensys) for an undisclosed sum.

Chris is a commercial and technical leader: he has built world-class technology teams to pioneer new ways of building software.  He says he is “excited by change, with a focus on people and culture, my passion and positivity helps lead others through periods of transformation, ensuring the team enjoys the journey.”

Chris enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks at Rackspace, the highly successful managed cloud services business known for nurturing top talent. In eight years there, he rose from Data Centre Technician via account management and solution architecting roles (for essential client-facing experience) to Head of Big Cloud Solutions and ultimately Chief Evangelist – Cloud & DevOps Services. He then moved to, Pearson, one of the world’s leading educational and publishing conglomerates, where he managed the business’ multi-million pound strategic cloud transformation. This included an aggressive timescale for the transfer of over 60 learning products to a universal digital platform at the heart of the company’s digital operations strategy for the next five years.

Reporting directly to CEO Amir Qureshi, Chris will drive all elements of Thomas International’s technology operations, creating and communicating a technical vision that will deliver the next generation of user friendly, scalable and innovative digital talent solutions.

Speaking on the appointment, Amir Qureshi said: “Chris is a commercial and technical leader who brings with him extensive experience that will no doubt support the ambitious growth plans that we have for Thomas. We look forward to working with Chris in propelling the business towards bigger and better things.”

Lisa Morgan, Consultant at Renovata says, “This is an exciting time for Thomas International: the injection of investment from Palamon Capital Partners is a recognition of the opportunities for the business to expand its value and relevance with digital products. Chris will be a key recruit in driving these new outcomes and we are thrilled that he is bringing his talents to Thomas International.”

About Thomas International

Thomas International is a global provider of people assessment tools and the only provider with bespoke Education and Sport divisions. The company has been at the forefront of assessment innovation for over 37 years. Thomas International provides assessments in 56 languages and has a presence in over 60 countries. Clients span every type of business of all sizes; completing over 1.5 million assessments every year. Thomas was recognised as one of the top 20 companies in the UK for management and working culture in the Leadership and Culture at Work Report 2017, published by Glassdoor and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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