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Cheltenham technology specialists appoint ICT expert as new director

A Cheltenham-based provider of information and communications technology has created a new senior role and filled it with an experienced professional with more than 40 years' experience.

Bamboo Technology Group have appointed Raymond Kay in the brand new role of director of IoT.

The industry expert has worked in the technology, communications and connectivirt sector since the 1970s, including spending 23 years at Vodafone Global Enterrprise.

Mr Kay trained in electrical and electronic engineering and began his career at Racal, graduating from a technical role into product management.

Following a brief spell as a senior European product manager for Philips, he joined Racal and Vodafone in 1995.

Since then he has worked on projects to speed up electronic payments within the retail sector and innovative and secure communications for the intruder alarm market.

It was during this time he became known as a pioneer within the machine to machine (M2M) and internet of things sectors.

"The early days of M2M were certainly exciting and interesting times" Mr Kay said.

"I started with a very small team and we enjoyed an agility that derived from the speed of change and innovation with new markets, new products and new opportunities almost daily.

"As a result, we grew from a handful of people in the UK to a team of hundreds of IoT professionals globally.

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"The market is constantly changing, but that speed of innovation and the opportunity IoT offers everyone, from entrepreneurs and start-ups to corporates, remains the same today."

Mr Kay's appointment is the second key IoT appointment at Bamboo in the last few months, following the hiring of IoT solutions consultant Chris Damon in March.

Damon's career in telecoms spans 30 years, and similarly, much of that time was spent within M2M, including two spells with Kay at Vodafone.

The duo ave also been reunited with another M2M specialist, Bamboo Director of Sales Joanna Cracknell.

Mr Kay added: "Bamboo is an ambitious business with a commitment to growth - and IoT is an integral element of their strategy.

I am really looking forward to working with Joanna, Chris and the whole team to shape, drive and grow this area of the business, whilst helping our customers and partners benefit not just from IoT connectivity but end to end solutions."

Joanna Cracknell, Director of Sales at Bamboo added: "I am delighted to welcome Ray to Bamboo. Together with Chris, I have been able to put together an IoT team of people that can build on and leverage Bamboo's heritage in mobile connectivity and service provision.

"We have shared a fairly unique experience within the sector and it's wonderful to be working together again to deliver a new IoT strategy for our direct customers and our partner channel that focuses on products and solutions created for the SME sector and beyond."

Lorrin White, MD of Bamboo said: "Ray's appointment further demonstrates the importance of M2M and IoT to the business and our ability to lead the way in helping our customers to embrace new technologies and support their strategies for digital transformation."

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