Cloud voice services company Natterbox has appointed Steve Hodges to head up the company’s sales and marketing teams.
Hodges has a brief to drive growth at the company through the rapid expansion of its sales team. He is also tasked with increasing direct business revenues and will oversee the execution of Natterbox’s recently launched channel strategy.
Hodges joins Natterbox from b2b unified comms provider Timico where he was business development director from January 2009. From April 2006 Hodges was operations and delivery director at Ramesys which provides integrated ICT solutions to the education and commercial sector.
Hodges has 17 years experience in the IT and telecommunications sector including senior roles at Telewest, MCI WorldCom and Project Telecom. The company said Hodges' strengths lay in increasing new business revenues and service margins.
It added: ‘At Timico, his team achieved many significant customer contracts for services spanning the entire breadth of the communications product range and that is what he aims to replicate at Natterbox.’
Hodges said: 'I have spent my entire working career in this industry and we have been through a few exciting technology shifts. However, I strongly believe that Natterbox is the next big thing with one fundamental difference: Natterbox’s creation was focused on the customer – improving their experience and delivering secure technology to achieve that.’
He added: ‘Natterbox has the capability to deliver business a genuine alternative to traditional voice services proving a range of never-before available benefits. The technology behind Natterbox, its purpose-UK-built, voice platform, is staggering. It provides all the essential PBX capabilities that business expects but it liberates workers from their usual geographic constraints or administrative routines.
‘I am extremely excited to build a strong team to take these benefits to market and for our customers to experience the transformation that will have on their business.’
Neil Hammerton, founder and CEO of Natterbox, said: ‘Having established sales teams and channel programmes in the past, Steve has the enviable task of building on the fantastic people we already have in place in the direct sales and marketing teams and taking a structured channel programme to the market.
‘Natterbox’s channel strategy will give providers of traditional communication services the opportunity to take their customers on a journey with some exciting new offerings and in return new revenue streams. Having someone on board with Steve’s experience, who understands the foundations of the industry, as well as being up to speed with new technology, will help us take our next generation telephony to the market.’