A FAST-emerging tech firm has appointed technical director John Huggins as part of a recruitment drive to help support its strategic growth plan.

Established in August last year, Gosforth-based ION secured significant private funding in January to help boost its team of developers and specialists, and expand its Salesforce CRM (customer relationship management) solutions into new markets.

Throughout his 25-year career working for global businesses including Sage Group and Nigel Wright Consultancy, John Huggins was instrumental in harnessing innovative technologies to deliver software systems and internet solutions for businesses worldwide.

As well as overseeing the delivery of Salesforce across ION’s key markets, including manufacturing, engineering and pharmaceutical sectors, John will work closely with founder and managing director, Rob Mathieson, in providing strategic management.

“I have always had a great deal of respect for Rob and his previous achievements within the digital sector,” said John.

“When I heard of his new venture, I was actively looking for a new challenge and I’m delighted to join him on this journey.

“When you see the benefit of developing an enterprise product and the opportunities it provides businesses with on their path to success, it’s very satisfying. Being able to help achieve a client’s ambition to work smarter and faster, as well as helping to develop ION is exciting.”

ION is a registered consulting partner of Salesforce. Utilising an array of cloud-based tools, it allows companies of all sizes to connect with customers and provides them with the power to increase productivity and keep pipelines filled with solid leads and opportunities.

Mr Mathieson said: “John’s passion and digital knowledge, underpinned by his hard work and wealth of experience, gives us the technical leadership we need to take ION to new heights, while ensuring we continue to provide our clients with the best possible CRM solutions and ongoing technical support.

“He will also be working with me to recruit more staff, enabling us to provide further services to a wider range of industries and I am thrilled to welcome him on board.”

ION Industries was established in August 2016 and the firm is continuing its drive to actively recruit and train more developers and cloud consultants to join the team.