Experienced businessman David Perez succeeds company founder Nick Ground as chief executive officer
GKD Technologies, one of the leading suppliers of personnel and machinery safety systems, have appointed David Perez as chief executive officer, effective 1 January 2021. He succeeds GKD’s long-time leader and founder, Nick Ground.
Mr Perez (pictured) brings a proven track record of scaling businesses in multiple sectors, including in technology services, software as a service (SaaS) and network security, where he has led various regional and global business units. He is highly skilled in business planning and strategy, with a strong focus on business development.
Most recently, he was chief executive officer of Norm Cyber Ltd, helping to establish the company as a key supplier to SMEs with its innovative and class-leading Cyber Security as a Service offering. He also served as CEO for a prominent Internet of Things software business based in the UK helping, to grow a list of international channel partners and blue-chip customers, and delivering rapid expansion.
Mr Perez also brings significant global experience, having been based in the US for several years as president for North America for Reliance Globalcom (now Global Cloud Exchange), a network services and digital transformation business.
His new appointment will allow former CEO Nick Ground to concentrate on growing and accelerating GKD’s innovation pipeline going forwards.
Mr Ground commented: ‘We are delighted to welcome David to the GKD team. GKD are currently experiencing unprecedented growth, despite the global pandemic. There are exciting times ahead for GKD and David will oversee and nurture the company’s future growth and expansion plans and lead the business into new areas.’
Mr Perez added: ‘We have very ambitious plans at GKD. Building on a very solid foundation, with strong relationships and great partners, we are uniquely placed to capitalize on the evolving market conditions. Our plan is to roll out the next generation of flexible and modular safety solutions, which will significantly help our customers track and improve safety performance in the workplace.’
Based in the South of England, GKD Technologies design, develop and produce height, slew, and load safety control systems for road-rail vehicles (RRVs) and general construction equipment, including excavators, as well as proximity warning systems used across many sectors.