IPS appoints Neil Ward as Chairman, and Mark Nichols as CEO, to unlock next phase of its growth strategy

Neil Ward has been appointed as Chairman at IPS, succeeding Petar Cvetkovic who will remain an active member of the company’s board.  Neil is the founder of Neil Ward & Associates (NW/A) and board member, investor and advisor across a portfolio of companies in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific region. 

Neil brings with him a wealth of operational experience both from his consultancy practice and having worked extensively for over 25 years with some of the most globally recognised brands. 

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Welcoming Neil as the new IPS Chairman, Petar comments: “I am delighted that IPS have been able to secure Neil and Mark to take the business to the next level, scaling to provide a community that ensures no-one gets left behind in the fight against financial criminals. Neil’s operational leadership as Skype scaled to over a billion users, and subsequent portfolio roles in the board room, marked him out as the standout appointment during the search for my successor as Chairman.” 

On joining IPS, Neil Ward comments: “Thanks to Petar and the board IPS has a vision for customers that is truly iconic. The digital world order now requires us as citizens to be protected in every media platform we engage with and IPS’s goal is to stay ahead of the threatscape and make telephony, internet, and web economy transactions safe and secure for all. I am proud to join a terrific and well-established brand and continue the journey of growth together.”  

As a sign of the growing ambition of IPS to provide simple, straightforward solutions that stop you being scammed, Mark Nichols will also join the company as CEO and active member of the IPS board. 

Mark Nichols comments: “From Charlie Shakeshaft’s founding principles, IPS has made a fantastic start in activating individuals to take a more active role in protecting their privacy and data. I am delighted have joined the business at this key moment in its evolution with the objectives of growing the community, building a compelling experience, and providing a platform that puts our members in control of their unique data assets.” 

Being member-led, IPS is committed to simplifying and democratising the tools and knowledge needed to defend against financial criminals’ intent on defrauding individuals across the UK. Both Neil and Mark bring with them experience in scaling globally recognised brands, with communities of significant scale, and are long-term champions of Customer 1st operating models as the fuel for sustainable growth. 

About IPS

IPS exists to stop unwanted callssave wasted time and achieve peace of mind by doing the basics to protect members and their data.  Since November 2020, we have been sharing information to help minimize these intrusions. In 2021, we turned up the heat to go much further in driving significant change to help every UK citizen know more to do more. 

Find out more about IPS and join us on the journey.

About NW/A

NW/A exists to help businesses who are seeking an accelerated path to value.  Our team of associates and partners bring together a unique set of skills and experiences, with a results mindset, which can then be called upon to get your business where you want it to be. Our results rely on working with people and businesses who share our desire for value creation.

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