Ciphr appoints new Chief Technology Officer


Ciphr, the Marlow-based HR software as a service provider, has appointed David Burns as its new Chief Technology Officer.

Burns will take charge of the firm’s product development and management, leading the group’s technical activities including development, internal IT, deployment, technical support, and implementation.

David Burns said: “I’m delighted to join Ciphr as its first-ever chief technology officer and work with such a talented team. The business has added a lot of functionality to its HCM platform over the past few years, including payroll, talent, and learning, to ensure it can deliver on the increasingly complex requirements of today’s HR and people teams.

“I’m looking forward to leading Ciphr’s technology strategy to develop and enhance user experience and help our customers get the most from their Ciphr products.”

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Burns’ 30 years of experience includes similar roles at Key Travel, Yell, CGI (Logica), HP Enterprise Services and autonomous vehicle software firm Wejo, which was his most recent appointment. He also held executive roles at Capita, Vertex Data Sciences and voestalpine.

The group’s third major hire of 2022 will report directly to its CEO, Chris Berry, overseeing the director of technology, Peter Hawes, and other IT department heads.

Chris Berry, CEO of Ciphr, says: “We are delighted to welcome David to Ciphr and the group’s executive team. He’s an internationally experienced CTO with a career across a range of different service sectors and business models, including listed company and private-equity scenarios, and brings with him a wealth of invaluable skills and experience.

“He’s ideally suited for this newly created role and will be instrumental in ensuring that Ciphr continues to offer an industry-leading user experience across our products as we grow the business.”

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