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Bristol based Optimum Finance appoints former Microsoft director as new CTO

1 March 2021
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Invoice finance firm Optimum Finance has appointed former Microsoft Global Director, Gordon McIntosh, as Chief Technical Officer.

Scottish/American national, Gordon has extensive experience with a decade working at Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Washington. His most recent role at the tech giant was Global Director of Service Engineering for Microsoft’s Volume Licensing and OEM businesses in which he established IT solutions for global brands and world governments.

His expertise in delivery of IT projects at scale will be key to Optimum's future goals of expanding invoice finance facilities to more UK based SMEs.

Gordon said “I can’t think of a more exciting time to be joining Optimum, the energy and passion of the team is fantastic.  There is a huge opportunity to offer significant added value to SMEs through Optimum’s product suite. These highly performing products can be improved even further through technology, so I cannot wait to get stuck in.

“Obviously, there's a huge difference in scale compared to Microsoft but the realities of successfully delivering on an IT programme don't change. Getting a group of people pulling in the same direction towards a shared definition of success, that's the same at any scale. There will be differences in terms of approach and priorities but there are also many commonalities too."

Ant Persse, Optimum Finance CEO, added: “Invoice finance is a fantastic product, and our brilliant team do a great job at delivering it.  Technical enhancements across the entire market are still in their infancy and we aim to change this. Our vision is to reinvent invoice finance with focus on speed, simplicity and convenience.  This is where Gordon and his team will come in.

“Gordon brings a huge amount of knowledge and experience from his roles with Microsoft but it’s his energy and passion to make a difference that will help catapult us to the next level.  I am thrilled to welcome him to the Optimum Team.  Watch this space.”


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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