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Mike King takes CTO role at Universe Group plc; search by Renovata

Universe Group plc is a leader in developing and suppling point of sale, payment and loyalty systems in convenience store and garage forecourt markets. The company has appointed Mike King as CTO following an executive search by Renovata.

Founded in 1979 to capitalise on advances in technology and retail trends, Universe was a fintech pioneer long before digital services disrupted finance. In September 2000, the business went public (London, UNG) and since then has grown by partnership and acquisition. Universe is an innovative and profitable technology company, which through their trading arm, HTEC Limited, design, build, install and support systems in 5,700 retail sites – processing over 5 billion transactions each year through their data centres. In the past five years, Universe has made two strategic acquisitions; Spedi and Indigo Retail Holdings, both complementary developers of EPOS software, thus building out the Universe offering.

Mike has 25 years’ experience in European retail and internet facing technology. Initially as a technology consultant from 1994-2004, he worked on strategic infrastructure projects, network technologies and online solutions before properly engaging with retail at Marks and Spencer. In the following nine years at the leading retailer (2004-2013), first as a consultant and then in-house, he rose to Principal Technical Architect, accountable for the technical strategy across the entire business. He led a team of technologists delivering strategies for everything from store infrastructure through to database, middleware and client architectures to drive competitiveness and innovation from IT throughout the operation. In 2013 he joined BT Expedite as CTO and Delivery Director, heading a team of 140 and owning all store, merchandising, and eCommerce projects. When BT Expedite was acquired by Aptos in 2016, a deal to which Mike was a significant contributor, he was invited to lead the Aptos team as EMEA CTO & Global Operations Director, managing Aptos’ pivot to SaaS delivery.

Reporting to CEO, Jeremy Lewis, Mike will lead a world-class technology team across multiple disciplines (product platforms, architecture, software development, testing and scalability) and head the delivery of technology for future products in close collaboration with clients.

About Universe Group plc

Universe provides some of the world’s leading retailers with point of sale, payment and loyalty solutions.  The Group’s solutions are based on its own proprietary software and are offered out of the cloud on a software as a service model with its data centres processing over 5 billion transactions every year.

For further information, please see www.universe-group.co.uk