Teesside and Newcastle based leading e-commerce and digital agency, Visualsoft, has appointed a new head of IT and security to its growing team.

In his new role, Lee Blackwell will help to enhance the security of Visualsoft’s eCommerce platform software for retailers.  Enhancing the infrastructure to scale up and out. In addition, he will introduce greater automation to drive reliability and resilience.

Having previously worked at Avid Technology as a Global IT operations and systems manager, Lee brings a wealth of relevant experience to the role.

Lee joins Visualsoft’s team, of over 300 staff, who specialise in the design, build, support and marketing of online stores for retailers across the UK. Charles Clinkard, Little Mistress and The Lakes Distillery are amongst the brands on the business’ ever-growing client list.

Commenting on his appointment, Lee said: “I look forward to seizing this opportunity to make a positive difference at Visualsoft. Security is a vital facet of modern-day online retail, so I’ll be taking our infrastructure to the next level with the development and IT operations teams.”

Neil Innes, Chief Technology Officer, commented: “The nature of our business means security is of the utmost importance to both ourselves and our clients. Online security has always been a top priority for eCommerce and m-commerce retailers. After recent cyber-attacks and data breaches, such as Dixons Carphone Warehouse, we want to ensure our clients have the best security solutions in place to protect their brand reputation. We’re thrilled to have Lee on board to grow this department further and further bolster our security processes.”