Databarracks has appointed Mike Osborne, former managing director of business continuity, cloud & hosting at Daisy Group, to the new position of executive chairman, highlighting its intent on becoming the leading independent specialist for disaster recovery and business continuity services.
Osborne will work directly with the senior management team at Databarracks, with a remit focused on driving business growth as well as helping to expand and broaden the firm’s existing recovery and business continuity service offerings.
Peter Groucutt, managing director of Databarracks welcomed Osborne to the business: “In his career, Mike has taken a fledgling Disaster Recovery company and grown it into one of the UK's leading providers of IT, Workarea and BC Planning services with revenues exceeding £50 million. He has advised over 2,000 clients, from SMEs to global brands and supported many through some of the UK’s most significant disaster incidents over that period.
“It was apparent, watching Mike collect his lifetime achievement award a few weeks ago just how well regarded and respected he is in the industry. He is a continuity guru who has made an incredible contribution to the discipline and many of those working in it. As an inaugural Chair of the Recovery Site Providers Group and a Founding Partner of the Business Continuity Institute, Mike has been at the forefront of the UK continuity profession for over three decades and seen it go from Niche to a globally recognised profession.”
Commenting on his appointment, Osborne stressed the importance of aligning both personality and values when accepting the new position at Databarracks:
"Trust and integrity are huge components of any provider of recovery and continuity services and so I've taken my time to choose the right firm. I am delighted to be joining Databarracks and at an exciting time in the company’s growth. The recent emergence of the digital economy means that data is now at the heart of every business and therefore the way organisations manage, store, protect and recover has never been more critical.
“The recent cyber-attacks and well reported corporate IT failures also serve to demonstrate the total dependency that now exists on the IT systems needed to deliver continual customer service and the importance of having credible and tested continuity plans, not only for the IT, but covering all aspects of an organisation.
“With Databarracks’ expertise on all things data and recovery and their high-standing in the industry - as evidenced by their place on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service for three consecutive years - they have all the ingredients needed to be the trusted UK provider of data management & business continuity services. I'm relishing the chance to join the team, doing business with a smile on my face and am genuinely excited to be helping them achieve their next stage of success.”
Groucutt added: “The introduction of an executive chairman to Databarracks was not a decision taken lightly. We wanted a person with not only an exemplary record for growth and success, but also someone who shares our culture of building lasting relationships with our customers based on exceptional support and in Mike, we have found exactly that. His experience and knowledge will prove integral in helping us to achieve our growth aspirations.
“As a result of the high number of mergers and acquisitions in this sector, there are now very few independent disaster recovery and business continuity specialists. Our aim is to be the specialist provider of backup, recovery and continuity services.”