Ciphr eyes further growth with M&A appointment

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Leading SaaS HR provider, Ciphr, has appointed Imran Akhoun as its director of M&A to support the group’s strategic growth plans.

A new role for the Marlow-based group, Akhoun will report directly to Ciphr’s CFO, Ray Berry. He will work closely with the leadership team and board of directors. Akhoun will look to identify possible merger and acquisition opportunities, through to managing due diligence processes and coordinating transactions.

An experienced corporate development director, Akhoun joins Ciphr from SaaS supplier management platform Fortius Networks where he was focused on developing their European presence. Prior to that he held similar positions in various companies across HR, education, and marketing technology.

Akhoun’s appointment follows that of David Burns last month, who joined Ciphr as chief technology officer (CTO).

We are delighted to welcome Imran to Ciphr. We’re looking forward to working with him to further drive our acquisition agenda, which will run alongside and complement our organic growth plans. He brings a high degree of experience to the business from within our sector, and more broadly, and as such is ideally suited to join Ciphr at this time to further strengthen our management team.”

Ray Berry

CFO, Ciphr

I’m excited to join Ciphr as its director of M&A. Ciphr has already made a number of acquisitions in recent years to expand its offering beyond HR. I’m looking forward to working with the team to help continue Ciphr’s ongoing growth strategy and support further M&A activities in the coming years.”

Imran Akhoun

Director of M&A, Ciphr

I’m delighted to welcome both Imran and David to the Ciphr team. I look forward to working with both of them to support Ciphr in achieving its growth objectives, both organically and through further M&A.”

Stephen Roberts

Partner, ECI Partners

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