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Business Person of the Year – Rod Flavell, CEO of FDM Group
Award-winning entrepreneur bringing people and technology together to make IT happen
By: Nabila Salem, Marketing Executive
As a young Sussex graduate, Rod founded the company in the attic of his home – a company made up of 3 people at the time (including himself). At the risk of sounding cliché, Rod’s story has proven to be an inspirational one that gives future entrepreneurs the motivation and encouragement to fulfil their career aspirations. Having founded FDM almost 20 years ago, Rod’s successes are now increasingly recognised nationally and internationally. What once began as a small family-run business has grown to become a successful international company, with offices in Brighton, London, Manchester, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Zurich and New York.
Despite FDM’s growth, Rod remains very much the ‘F’ in FDM, leading the company and its staff forward. He is responsible for the overall strategic development and organic growth of FDM as well as its flotation on AiM (Alternative investment Market) of the London Stock Exchange, in 2005. Today, FDM works with over 200 prestigious clients in diverse markets. These include: Credit Suisse, BBC, BSkyB, HSBC, BMW, The AA, British Airways, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Swiftcover, The NSPCC, RBS and B&Q.
FDM is a professionally run organisation with an exceptionally strong management team. Loyalty is a common factor amongst FDMers, with almost 20% of staff having worked at FDM for longer than a decade. This loyalty also feeds through to FDM’s client pool, many of whom have nominated FDM as their IT services supplier of choice, having worked with the company for over 10 years.
Commenting on the awards, Bob Hoad, Director of Heart FM and principal judge for Business Person of the Year said:
“Rod is a dynamic leader with a vision not only for his company but business as a whole. He is passionate about his staff, whether they have been with him for a long time or those graduates who are just starting out. He was a clear winner in the Sussex Business Person of The Year category and I expect him to continue to excel with this award beside him.”
FDM would not be the company it is today without Rod, who has dedicated his life to leading the IT services company that continues to grow and succeed despite the tough economic climate.
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About FDM Group Plc:
FDM Group Plc (LSE AIM: FDMG) is a global IT services company specialising in five core service areas: Consultancy, Application Support, Testing, Infrastructure and Training. Founded in 1990, with its HQ in the UK and a further six international offices, FDM has over 400 employees and revenues of £52.2m. The company works with over 200 blue-chip clients including the BBC, Barclays, HSBC, The AA, BSkyB, Detica and British Airways. Over two thirds of FDM’s employees are IT consultants, termed ‘Mounties’