Iris CFO takes interim CEO role

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Neal Roberts is taking the helm at the business software arm of IT company Iris.

Fellow chartered accountant and group CEO Martin Leuw steps down to become a non-executive at the business. Roberts (pictured above) will take the top spot at the business software arm on an interim basis.

The board has seperated the company into two – Iris Accountancy Solutions, and Iris Software Group.

Roberts will act as CEO for Iris Software Group, which produces technology for the legal and medical profession, while a CEO is sought. Former MD of the accountancy division, Phill Robinson, becomes CEO of Iris Accountancy Solutions.

Roberts will continue as CFO of the holding company, Iris Software Group Ltd, taking on financial responsibility for both entities.

Roberts joined Iris, which is private equity backed, in 2005 from SunGard where he was chief executive of business continuity in Europe and South Africa. Previously he has held several senior finance roles at companies including, Red Bricks, Computer Holdings and GuardianiT.

Leuw said: “After ten years leading Iris through a period of exceptional growth, I felt it was time for me to pursue other business interests and entrepreneurial opportunities.”

The board has also promoted non-executive Nick Discombe to chairman. He joined the business in 2007. Previously he has worked in senior level positions in several listed businesses including, Witness Systems and Synon Europe.


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