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Leadership changes at telecoms group Commsworld as founder steps back



Edinburgh-based telecom and internet provider Commsworld has announced leadership changes.

Steve Langmead steps up to the role of chief executive at the company replacing founder Ricky Nicol who will remain on the board as vice-chairman.

Commsworld said Langmead, who was previously a non-executive director of the company, will lead an ambitious new growth plan for the business.

A very experienced business leader, Langmead has been a director of Commsworld since 2018. He was appointed chairperson of Bellrock Technology in March. He is also chairman of Brightwater Services, an associate director of technology investor ESM Investments and vice chair of Boroughmuir Rugby Club.

His former roles include as senior vice president of Atos in Scotland, and Capita’s chief executive for Scotland.

He said he looked forward to leading the company on its next phase of growth and development.

“I would also very much like to pay tribute to the huge achievements of Ricky Nicol.

“Since starting up Commsworld in 1994, Ricky has successfully built a highly-efficient business which delivers real value for its customers, fundamentally altering the digital landscape in Scotland and the UK.

“Both Ricky and Commsworld are a huge success story, and I look forward to continuing to work with Ricky.”

Ricky Nicol, 59, said: “Today is an emotional day, but also a good day for myself and for Commsworld.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing this company grow and develop over the past 27 years.

“When I first started, we were the new kids on the block who had to prove our worth against some formidable and much larger competitors.

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“It is no secret that, as well as working hard to establish a successful business, I have faced and won my own battle with ill health. Not only that, but last year – the year of Covid – I became a grandfather.

“I believe the time is now right for a new leader to drive Commsworld forward, and am delighted that Steve has accepted that role.

He is a business leader with a huge track record of success, and I look forward to helping him in my role as founder and vice-chairman to achieve that success.”

Chairman John Trower said: “I would also like to pay tribute to the amazing work of Ricky, and look forward to carrying on my work with him and other members of the board so Commsworld continues to be the provider of choice for digital connectivity solutions to clients across all sectors throughout the UK.”



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