Mitie Group has announced that Karen Thomas-Bland is taking the role as programme integration director for Mitie’s merger with Interserve’s Facilities Management division.
Thomas-Bland will join the group’s executive leadership team, reporting directly to CEO Phil Bentley.
The acquisition, announced on 25 June, is expected to be finalised in the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to shareholder approval. Together, the combined companies will accelerate the delivery of Mitie’s long-term technology-led FM vision, creating the UK’s largest FM company, with more than 77,500 employees.
Thomas-Bland started her early career in Strategic Consulting before moving to IBM. Over the past 10 years she has led numerous integration projects for large companies including Microsoft, National Grid, Accenture and recently, Reed Elsevier/RELX.
Phil Bentley said: “I am delighted to welcome Karen to Mitie. The integration of Interserve is an opportunity for us to create a new company with a strong culture and her wealth of experience will be invaluable at this transformative time. We are determined to create a true UK facilities management champion to help get Britain back to business in a post Covid-19 world, and Karen’s appointment is a key step forward in achieving that ambition."
Thomas-Bland added: “I am looking forward to leading an integration team, which will bring together the best of both Mitie and Interserve, to create an unparalleled FM partner to UK business.”
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