Adapt's CEO Stewart has a proven track record in leading and transforming Managed Services businesses in both private and public ownership.
Stewart started in the IT Services industry in 2003 as Finance Director of Energis, a privately-owned UK telecoms business. He was a core part of the management team that successfully turned the business around and later sold it to Cable & Wireless (C&W) in 2005 as part of a reverse takeover.
As Managing Director of the Enterprise Division of C&W from 2006 to 2009, Stewart was accountable for 30% of C&W Group revenues and all of its large outsourced customers. During this period, Stewart delivered double digit revenue, EBITDA and cash growth across the division every year.
After the acquisition of THUS in 2008 by C&W, Stewart was appointed CEO of the standalone subsidiary in 2009. In the following 18 months he repositioned the business as a UK mid-market service provider and trebled the EBITDA of the business.
After the successful demerger and floatation of the C&W Worldwide division in Spring 2010, Stewart returned to the C&W Worldwide main board as Group Strategy Director in 2011.
Prior to joining the sector in 2003, Stewart worked for Accenture in their Finance and performance management consultancy practice and KPMG in both their audit and corporate finance departments. He is a qualified chartered accountant.
“I joined Adapt to create an outstanding IT Managed Services business with a reputation for excellent customer service in a market that is expanding dramatically. Our strong customer book, coupled with our ambitious and committed team, gives me a high degree of confidence that we will create that business and have some fun along the way.”
Stewart Smythe, CEO
Tom is Adapt’s Chief Operating Officer, bringing with him over 15 years’ experience in the Managed Services and Cloud Computing sector. In his role as COO, Tom is responsible for both setting the strategic operational direction of the business and ensuring its smooth running day to day, meeting and exceeding the needs of our employees, customers and shareholders. Tom is passionate about enhancing customer experience at every level – operational, technical and commercial - increasing the relevance and value of Adapt’s propositions to its diverse customer base.
Latterly, as VP responsible for Rackspace's £145M Enterprise EMEA division, Tom designed and built out an enterprise-grade service delivery and support capability to sustain traditional managed hosting and cloud growth in the Enterprise market. More recently, he owned full general management accountability for sales, marketing and service delivery.
Prior to Rackspace, Tom was Director of Client Services at Attenda, where he ran Service Management, Pre-Sales and Consulting, Projects/ Programmes, Sales Operations and was a key member of the Operational Leadership Team.
“I am excited to be joining Adapt at such a pivotal point in its growth journey. Adapt works with a tremendous customer base, supported by high calibre technical and commercial teams brimming with talent. My priority and focus will be driving more value into our customer base by creating true partnerships, translating our service propositions into meaningful business impact and setting the future customer strategy.”
Tom Needs, Chief Operating Officer
Scotty is Adapt's Chief Sales Officer, responsible for taking the business' technology services and solutions to market. With an impressive track record in creating rapid revenue growth and increasing market share for the companies he works for, Scotty specialises in understanding complex, evolving customer needs and aligning them with technology solutions that deliver real-world business outcomes.
Scotty brings fantastic leadership, support, energy and ambition to the role, backed by over 15 years in the Managed Services sector. Previously working as Colt's Director of European Specialist Sales, Scotty was responsible for the growth of the entire International Services customer base, applying his expertise, knowledge and experience to IT Managed Services engagements.
Scotty has a strong background in relationship-based sales and market development. Prior to his time at Colt, Scotty was a Client Director at Computacenter and Global Client Director at BT Global Services.
“Adapt’s drive and energy is matched only by its solution capabilities, which allow customers to leverage high quality infrastructure to drive out cost, increase innovation potential and optimise business performance. I look forward to seeing our customers create dramatic commercial advantage with our technology and skills.”
Scotty Morgan, Chief Sales Officer