Emerald Group, which broke through the £50m turnover barrier and took on the naming rights to Emerald Headingley Stadium in 2017, has appointed former PwC Associate Director Tom Bennett as Group Head of Finance to execute M&A strategy and help further international expansion.
Tom represents another high calibre addition to Emerald’s senior management team, and brings with him an impressive track record of adding value to clients in a diverse range of industries and businesses.
As an Associate Director at PwC, Tom has led a wide range of corporate transactions, including acquisitions, re-financings, IPOs, mergers and working capital restructures.
Tom also has experience of working closely with Emerald on previous acquisition opportunities, including the successful acquisition GoodPractice in 2016. As such, he is ideally placed to help lead Emerald’s execution of an ambitious M&A strategy and to build on recent success by driving growth through new product offerings and further international expansion.
Simon Cox, Group Finance Director at Emerald, said: “The decision to appoint Tom as Group Head of Finance was a unanimous one.
“Tom’s CV is impressive enough as it is, but we’ve been fortunate enough to see Tom in action and to have worked with him on a number of Emerald projects, including the acquisition of GoodPractice, which continues to go from strength-to-strength.
“During interview, Tom not only demonstrated an excellent understanding of our business and complex market, but also showed real desire to join an exciting, progressive business that has a positive impact on society and its niche markets. He’s clearly driven by the opportunity to influence Emerald operations and strategy, and is attracted to the nimble and empowered culture that he’s seen in action during his previous dealings with us.
“We’re more than confident that Tom is the right person to help drive our M&A strategy, push further growth and create great buzz around Emerald Group.”
Emerald created national headlines in September 2017 when it announced that it invested in and taken on the naming rights to Headingley stadium – now Emerald Headingley Stadium – thereby safeguarding the future of international cricket in Yorkshire and providing vital support to the Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie rugby clubs.