Ideal Networks appoints new chairman

Neil Gaydon has been appointed Chairman of Ideal Networks, the global provider of innovative, simple to use cloud connected copper and fibre network test equipment.

Neil joins Ideal Networks with 40 years’ experience in the technology sector and board-level leadership. He has previously held notable roles at Pace, leading it to become the global number one in its sector with revenues of $2.3 billion, and North American company Smart Technologies, which was reinvented with a new vision, strategy and value proposition, ultimately leading to its acquisition by Foxconn Technology Group.

He attended Harvard Business School and has been the recipient of numerous business awards during his time spent living and working in the UK and North America.

“Ideal Networks is committed to continued innovation and transforming the way that our global customers work with exceptional solutions and products,” says Paul Walsh, CEO of Ideal Networks. “We know that Neil’s passion and expertise will support this, and our whole team is delighted to welcome him as our Chairman.”

“I am delighted to be joining ideal Networks at a time of expansion where my experience can support the management team’s exciting vision for the company,” says Neil Gaydon, who is also Chairman of two Private Equity owned companies, Adare International and Adare SEC.

“Neil has a reputation for working strategically with management teams to create great companies with strong financial performance, that teams are proud to be part of. We are confident that he will be a great asset to Ideal Networks,” says Matthew Hutchinson, Partner at CBPE Capital, which acquired a majority ownership position in Ideal Networks in December 2018.

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