Flexiant: new bosses and £1m

Monday 16th January 2012
L2R John Pocock chairman and George Knox CEO.

Having moved offices and with work on EU projects 4CAAST, Cumulo Nimbo, and Optimis,cloud automation software company, Flexiant has now secured £1m investment and appointed John Pocock and George Knox as chairman and CEO, shedding Laurence Blackall, with co-founders Alex Bligh and Tony Lucas moving to COO and CTO respectively.

Pocock has a strong IT and financial services background building and managing both listed and venture backed companies. CEO of IT services company Druid Group, je built the company from reve £60m revenues, with a £760m disposal in 2000. An experienced chair and non-executive director, je  holds chairmanships at  Cognito software, Maven Income& Growth Venture Capital Trust, and Electric & General Investment Trust. He was previously non-exec director of Xansa plc.

An experienced CEO, entrepreneur and board member, Knox started, grew and sold  a number of innovative software companies over the past 20 years including Eclectic Group, and Gamut Technologies. His strengths into the value proposition and requirements of both large enterprises and start-ups will be invaluable to the growth of Flexiant over the coming months, refocusing it and  the  positioning it for growth.

Knox  comments: “Flexiant is changing now from developing a product and bringing on early customers to taking that product to market. Flexiant has developed world class technology and my role is to ensure we become a recognised leader in the fast growing Cloud Automation software market..”

Flagship software  Extility, allows service providers to build their own cloud easily and automate service provisioning. 

Pocock says: “I bring ..  an obsession for strategic planning and believe passionately in the importance of board effectiveness to delivering business success. I trust my experience and skills will be a real boon to Flexiant’s business.”

The original Flexiant founders,Tony Lucas (left) and Alex Bligh (right),retain key roles in the company.

Bligh and Lucas co-founders of Flexiant and previously CEO, becoming COO and CTO respectively.
Bligh says: “Bringing John Pocock and George Knox on board is a real coup for Flexiant.

Their background of delivering aggressive growth strategies will be critical to their roles here. This is an exciting time for Flexiant and we are delighted they have joined us to be part of our future.” 


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