LIVINGTON,Scotland – 6 December 2016 – Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd (AGSL), which specialises in managing and protecting companies’ “hidden assets” such as process critical software, are please to announced the appointment of Mark Steel, to the position of Business Development Manager for the United Kingdom.
The decision to bring Steel on-board the business development team is part of AGSL’s plans to further strengthen its market niche in the UK as the leading supplier of process control software asset protection.
“There is so much more that companies in the UK can do to protect their process critical software assets in order that operations run smoothly. They simply aren’t aware of how simple it can be with AGSL and its specialists software offerings in place,” said Steel. “By raising awareness among industries – such as manufacturing, food and beverage, energy and transportation – that rely upon critical, secure process control software to operate, I look forward to opening doors to new opportunities and building a consistent revenue stream for AGSL.”
In his new role, Steel cultivates relationships with existing and prospective clients in the UK, and is fully committed to increasing the profile of AGSL’s complete portfolio of capabilities, software products/solutions, and professional consulting services.
Expanding market niche in UK
“Although it’s currently very strong, we’re extremely keen to expand our presence in the UK,” said Sam Mackay, Chief Executive of AGSL. “With Mark’s in-depth experience in the software industry and knowledge of our targeted industry sectors, I’m confident that he will help our clients continue to receive outstanding service, and effectively nurture new business relationships throughout the UK.”
With 33 years in technology and special expertise in the role that technology plays in a process and manufacturing setting, Steel understands what organisations require when it comes to optimising and protecting their process control software assets. Before joining AGSL, Steel was employed by PMI Software as Business Development Manager for the Europe, Middle East & Africa region. Throughout his career, he has worked in a variety of similar roles with major technology firms across the UK.
Steel holds an MSc Degree in Manufacturing, Management & Technology from the Open University. He is an active member of Manufacturing UK, Manufacturing Execution Systems, Enterprise Software Sales Professionals, and Manufacturing Executives in the UK.
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Steel is based in Cheshire, England and reports to Sam Mackay, who is based at the AGSL global headquarters in Livingston, Scotland.
Building on success
AGSL’s extensive portfolio of energy clients includes INPEX, Woodside, Stena Drilling, GDF SUEZ E&P UK, BP (Quad 204 and Clair Ridge), McDermott, Dana Petroleum, Nexen Petroleum UK, Dolphin Drilling, and major utility companies, such as EDF Energy (Torness), SSE and ScottishPower. The company also serves food and beverage clients Müller Milk and Ingredients (formerly Robert Wiseman Dairies) and Diageo, and pharmaceuticals company Johnson Matthey (Macfarlan-Smith).
About Asset Guardian Solutions Limited
Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd was born out of the recognition that most companies involved in the process industry had little to protect the integrity and safekeeping of the software assets controlling their production processes.
Originally, it was part of Elite Control Systems Ltd, a company that specialises in process automation with a global ‘blue chip’ client base, and an enviable reputation.
By combining its control automation and IT expertise, in 2000 the company developed Asset Guardian, an innovative solution that ensures users compliance with ISO & IEC Standards, Government Directives and Industry Best Practices for the “Configuration and Change Management” of process-critical systems.
Following 10 years of continuous growth involving detailed market research and collaboration with users, Asset Guardian has transformed from a “product” to an “integrated solution” for protecting the integrity of safety and process-critical systems. Its future development and growth will now be carried on under the leadership of Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd, a team that was formed by combining the original development team with a new sales and marketing team to maximise the company’s potential within the global marketplace.
Working in close partnership with its clients, Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd appreciates the need for rapid, demonstrable returns on client investments, and encourages them to follow the company ethos “Take Control and Control Change.”