Optimum Finance appoints ex-Microsoft director as CTO
Invoice finance firm Optimum Finance has appointed ex-Microsoft global director Gordon McIntosh (pictured) as chief technical officer (CTO), furthering its specialism in the FinTech space.
McIntosh has spent a decade working at the Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Washington; his most recent role was global director of service engineering for Microsoft’s volume licensing and OEM businesses, in which he established IT solutions for global brands and world governments.
According to the firm, his expertise in delivery of IT projects at scale will be key to Optimum’s future goals of expanding invoice finance facilities to more UK-based SMEs.
McIntosh said: “I can’t think of a more exciting time to be joining Optimum, the energy and passion of the team is fantastic.
“There is a huge opportunity to offer significant added value to SMEs through Optimum’s product suite.
“These highly performing products can be improved even further through technology, so I cannot wait to get stuck in.
“Obviously, there’s a huge difference in scale compared to Microsoft but the realities of successfully delivering on an IT programme don’t change.
“Getting a group of people pulling in the same direction towards a shared definition of success, that’s the same at any scale. There will be differences in terms of approach and priorities but there are also many commonalities too.”
Ant Persse, CEO of Optimum Finance, said: “Invoice finance is a fantastic product, and our brilliant team do a great job at delivering it.
“Technical enhancements across the entire market are still in their infancy and we aim to change this.
“Our vision is to reinvent invoice finance with focus on speed, simplicity and convenience. This is where Gordon and his team will come in.
“Gordon brings a huge amount of knowledge and experience from his roles with Microsoft but it’s his energy and passion to make a difference that will help catapult us to the next level.
“I am thrilled to welcome him to the Optimum Team. Watch this space.”