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Management Team

Ian Bendelow – Chief Executive Officer

Ian has 30 years’ experience of IT and enterprise resource planning solutions, over 25 years working with the company's portfolio of solutions, services and clients. His career developed from customer-facing roles in support, training and consultancy to executive positions in sales, international business development and other commercial functions. For some 15 years Ian has been General Manager and CEO of KCS leading Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) strategy for growth.

Giuseppe Martini – Managing Director, South Africa

Giuseppe (Gus) joined Kerridge Commercial Systems South Africa for the second time in 2017 as Commercial Director. He was part of the original commercial division team in South Africa as a Project Manager in the 90’s and brings over 30 years’ experience from various industries. Prior to his second stint with the company, he served in a number of senior roles from Operations to Procurement & IT Director at large multi-branch national building industry merchants. Giuseppe sees his role as continuing to grow KCS in SA and to share industry experience both internally and externally.

Graham Dobbs – Managing Director, Rental Division

Graham has been involved in the rental industry since 1987, working in equipment rental companies for 13 years before being drawn to IT Software solutions and joining the leading rental software provider in 2000. His career developed from project management to operations director moving to sales director before becoming the MD for the rental software business. Based in UK but with responsibility for global rental solutions, Graham has successfully driven global growth in UK, Netherlands & Europe as well as Australia and USA. With a passion for all that is rental, Graham sees his role as ensuring we continue to deliver market leading solutions and services to equipment rental customers to keep them one step ahead of their competition.

David Liddle – President of Research & Development

David has been responsible for Product Management & the Development teams within Kerridge Commercial Systems since 2003. Prior to joining, David held a number of senior IT positions within the Distribution/Merchant industry. His balance of experience between being both a user, and a provider of ERP systems, ensures that the continued investment in product development is focussed towards customer base needs and requirements.

DJ Jones – Chief Technology and Product Officer

DJ brings his rich experience in ERP, SaaS, FinTech, and AI to revolutionise our technology and product offerings. With an impressive history in leading large-scale product development, particularly in accounting software, professional service automation (PSA) and ERP suites, DJ is directly aligned with the needs of KCS's diverse client base. As Global Vice President of Product at Sage Group PLC and Head of Productivity Products at IRIS Software Group, DJ has spearheaded transformative projects like 'IRIS Elements' and 'Sage for Accountants', demonstrating his ability to drive innovation and growth.

At KCS, DJ is dedicated to driving our technological vision and product strategy, ensuring that our solutions meet and exceed the evolving needs of our global clientele within the distribution, rental and automotive industries. His role is pivotal in developing cutting-edge technology and products that empower businesses to achieve greater efficiency and profitability.

Nigel Bedford – Chief Financial Officer

Nigel is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years’ experience, both in the Big 4 accountancy firms and as a CFO in the software and IT sector. Nigel has worked alongside Ian since the start of Kerridge Commercial Systems Limited was established in 2010 and has particular experience of working in private equity invested businesses and managing those businesses through high growth periods.

Mike Jefferies – Chief Financial Officer

Mike Joined KCS in February 2024 and has over 25 years of experience in finance and leadership roles within Global businesses. Mike has worked in the software and IT sector for the last 15 years, most recently as COO for a division of Cisco and before that as Group CFO of IMImobile PLC. Mike has also worked for Star Trac Inc, a US based manufacturer and distributor of commercial fitness equipment and before that for the Whirlpool Corporation.

Anders Paulcén – Chief Executive Officer, Nordics

Anders has over 30 years of experience in building successful applications for the tyre trade in northern Europe. Anders joined KCS in 2023 with the acquisition of Compilator, a company he founded more than 25 years ago and since then has developed into the market leader in the Nordics. Anders sees his role as growing KCS' presence in the Nordics as well as supporting the roll-out of tyre trade solutions in the rest of the KCS Group.

Chris Owen – Chief Support Officer

Chris Owen joined Kerridge Commercial Systems as Chief Support Officer in July 2018, with over 20 years of experience in tier one multinational software company support. Before joining KCS, he was responsible for 'Customer Success - Global Delivery' at the world’s largest supply chain software company. Chris is based at the KCS HQ in Hungerford but works across our global network of support centres, leading nearly 250 associates that make up the global support team. Chris’s extensive experience in the implementation of the latest support techniques and other industry best practice is helping to deliver higher net promoter scores, more comprehensive knowledgebase resources and faster times to resolution at KCS. Chris is a Chartered IT Professional, registered with the British Computer Society.

 

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