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UD GROUP APPOINTS FORMER GAZPROM STRATEGY DIRECTOR AS MD

UD Group, the transformational software developer for the energy sector, has announced the appointment of Steve Armitage as its Managing Director. Armitage, who has a long track record of success in multinational energy businesses, will spearhead UD Group’s commercial and organisational development. Commenting on Armitage’s appointment, Paul Hodnett, Founder and Sales Director at UD Group, said: “We’ve seen rapid growth as a business over the past 18 months, securing contracts with the energy market’s major players. That growth has expanded our reach internationally and, having experienced both competitive wholesale and retail energy markets in the UK, Europe and US, we feel the addition of Steve’s knowledge is the perfect way to support the Group’s continued success.” Steve joins UD Group with over 30 years experience in the energy sector that has seen him become a regular advisor to Ofgem and DECC. A founding member of renewable energy buying firm SmartestEnergy in 2001, he grew the business before exiting in 2010 to join Gazprom Energy, developing the energy giant’s pan-European commercial strategies. Armitage added: “The growth of UD Group since forming as a technology start up in 2009 has been hugely impressive and is one of the many reasons I was attracted to the role. Our software is now recognised as market leading and we’re seeing demand for it with the ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers and further afield internationally. “My focus will be to make sure we have the structure in place to serve further expansion, allowing our developers and sales teams to continue to fuel the fantastic growth we’ve had to date.”