Addison Lee has appointed Ian Cohen as its new Chief Information Officer to deliver an IT-led business strategy at the car service, where he will report to CEO Andy Boland.
Ian Cohen, a former CIO at Jardine Lloyd Thomson and Associated Newspapers, will join the courier service as the company hope to strengthen its management team during a period of business growth. Cohen was also IT director at the FT and has made a number of appearances in the CIO 100.
"I'm excited to be joining the leadership team of Addison Lee at such a pivotal time in the development of the business," Cohen said. "Helping a brand that is synonymous with great customer service and quality and taking these core values forward onto a global stage."
Reporting to Boland, Cohen will sit on the Addison Lee executive team. In the last 18 months, Addison Lee has made several investments buying executive car firms Tristar and US-based Flyte Tyme as well as investing in new operation facilities. The company was recognised at The Techies, the annual awards event held by CIO UK's sister title Techworld in February 2017, where its CTO Peter Ingram was named disruptive tech leader of the year.
Boland said: "To bring someone of Ian's calibre on board at such as a crucial juncture is great news for Addison Lee. Technology is a key part of Addison Lee's offering to passengers and a critical enabler for our global ambitions. His expertise will help us go from strength to strength as we continue to grow."
Cohen has been a member of the CIO 100 judging panel and was a CIO UK columnist.
Addison Lee is currently owned by Carlyle Group, and Cohen's appointment will support its global ambition of becoming a leading premium car company. (Read next: News UK CTO Christina Scott goes global as Deputy CTO at News Corp.)