RedBlack Software has appointed enterprise software sector specialist Sandy Scott as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Scott has also made a significant investment in the company.
York-based software developer RedBlack is best known for its market-leading Cybake suite of bakery management solutions as well as BakePlan, an advanced forecasting application for supermarkets, convenience stores and food-to-go operators.
Sandy Scott has many years’ experience nurturing and growing companies in the business software industry. He has a strong track record in the development, sales and marketing of successful software solutions.
Rising through the ranks to become MD of British HR and payroll pioneer Peterborough Software in 1995, he oversaw the firm’s later merger into Rebus Software (which was itself purchased by Northgate after his departure for £153 million).
He led Leicester-headquartered recruitment software solution specialist Safe Computing as chief executive from 2002 until last year. After leading a management buyout, a period of strong growth and a series of acquisitions, Scott oversaw the sale of the £18 million turnover company to London-based The Access Group, in March, 2017.
Scott has taken up the role of CEO of RedBlack Software with immediate effect. His long-time business collaborator Mark James, who served as company secretary at Safe Computing, has also been appointed as financial controller of RedBlack Software.
Commenting on his new role, Sandy Scott says: “I have a background of success in specialist vertical business solutions. RedBlack Software has a strong stable of sector-specific applications developed by an impressive team, so it’s a great fit. RedBlack fully exploits next-generation technologies and I see strong growth potential in its products.”
Jane Tyler, founder and managing director of RedBlack Software, says: “The arrival of a CEO of Sandy’s calibre is a serious coup for our company. His strategic expertise is already being felt across all our areas of operation.”
Tyler, who is also the vice chair of British Society of Baking, adds: “In recent times, we have transitioned to a cloud-based model, broken into the international grocery retail market and won investment from Innovate UK. With Sandy’s knowledge and direction, we are now even better positioned to take our businesses to a whole new level, both at home and internationally.”