Chess gear up for 20’s growth

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Alderley Edge IT business, Chess announces the appointment of Mark Lightfoot as Chief Executive Officer to succeed David Pollock, who moves to Executive Chairman. Mark has been with Chess for 11 years as Financial Director and most recently as Chief Financial Officer.

The appointment comes alongside a move for Stephen Dracup from Managing Director to Chief Growth Officer.

Executive Chairman, David Pollock commented "The Board of Directors are delighted to announce Mark as Chief Executive Officer. Mark has consistently been an example to us all on the merits of hard work and attention to detail. He drives outstanding performance across his team, ensuring great financial control, and has a proven track record in building external relationships and securing financial support as we continue our growth journey.

"For the last 8 years, Stephen has played a significant role as Managing Director in the transition of Chess from a traditional telco business to a renowned IT services provider and is pivotal in making Chess 'a great place to work'. As Chief Growth Officer he will focus on driving growth through product strategy and acquisitions.

"We wish them both every success."

Chief Executive Officer, Mark Lightfoot commented "I'm delighted to be the new Chief Executive Officer at such an exciting time for Chess. My focus will be on leading our exceptional team through the new decade, growing the business through performance and our unique culture, whilst building on our position as a perennial Sunday Times Best Company to Work For."

Set to complement the team at the top is Oliver Lofthouse joining as Partner Sales Director from Vodafone, bringing a wealth of expertise, drive and energy to deliver results.

About Chess

Chess Limited is based in Alderley Edge, Cheshire and is one of the UK's leading technology solutions providers, employing over 500 people across 6 UK sites. Chess helps organisations grow through proven technology and expert advice. Chess designs and implements solutions across Connect, Cloud, Security and Devices, allowing organisations to connect with customers and stakeholders with ease, to grow and work from anywhere, whilst ensuring that they remain safeguarded. Find out more at