Adrian Sunderland will take over as CEO at Jola as Andrew Dickinson steps back into an advisory role.
Dickinson has worked in the channel for almost forty years, managing several successful businesses. He served as a director of Mercury in the 1990s and launched a revenue share scheme that paid resellers for calls made by their customers.
In 1996 he left the C&W Group to found a specialist ISP that achieved an Enterprise Value of £30m within three years. After investing in several tech start-ups, he led the MBI of Griffin Internet in 2005 and had built the channel revenues from £1m to £24m by the time the business was sold in 2012.
Jola was started from scratch in 2014 with £50k, and by the same management team at Griffin. BGF bought 25% from Jola shareholders in 2021 for £10.75m and the entire company was sold to Wireless Logic in July 2022.
He said: “It is time for me to step back from a line-management position in favour of an advisory role, still within the Wireless Logic Group.
“I will be passing the CEO baton to Adrian Sunderland who is eminently qualified to lead the business into the next phase of its growth. Over the years I have developed great friendships with customers, suppliers and even competitors, many of whom I know I will keep in contact with. Thank you and I wish you all the very best.”
Sunderland added: “Having worked closely with Andrew for over 15 years I’ve learned a lot from him. So, in August I look forward to taking the helm and putting that learning into practice.”