IDHL - the connected agency Group and leaders in digital, eCommerce and search marketing - has appointed Iain Ferguson as non-executive Chairman as it continues its rapid expansion following its partnership with Bridgepoint Development Capital (BDC) announced in March this year.
Holding senior roles in the UK, Europe and the US, Iain brings extensive international experience in M&A and in leading and building digital communications and business services companies. He served as the New York based CEO of Havas Group’s Global marketing services business, was subsequently a member of the Executive Committee of Havas SA in Paris, and led the IPO of Mission plc.
Iain has since chaired a number of private equity backed services businesses and is currently chairman of Red Ant Group and Collective as well as serves as NED with Stevens & Bolton, the leading independent law firm, and is a member of the advisory boards at BXG and Henley Insights Group.
IDHL has seen significant growth since the Bridgepoint investment as demand for services in digital continues. Employee numbers have increased by more than 25% in the first nine months of the year to support their strong organic growth.
Dennis Engel, CEO at IDHL said “We are really pleased to have Iain on the Board to bring his wealth of experience as we continue to grow. The Group is actively seeking investment opportunities both in the UK and overseas and Iain’s background will assist us with that.”
Robin Lawson, partner at BDC said “Iain’s skills and experience are highly complementary to the senior team as we look to continue to support the rapid scaling of the IDHL both organically and via M&A.”
Iain said “I’m delighted to join Dennis and his talented leadership team at IDHL. The business has created an operating platform that uniquely combines specialist services to support its clients’ digital transformation. IDHL’s continued growth through the difficult last two years underlines its further potential - and the partnership with Bridgepoint will help us serve our clients and our people with exciting additional opportunities.”