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ROQ Invest in Growth with New Head of Innovation Role

ROQ, the strategic software testing solutions provider, has appointed Ian Smith as Head of Innovation. This new senior leadership position will be instrumental in ensuring ROQ continues to pioneer within the software testing market, driving out much needed advancements within the sector. Ian’s appointment is integral to ROQ’s continual drive to help its clients ensure successful digital transformation outcomes through a quality-first approach.

Ian brings with him a wealth of experience, having undertaken various senior IT roles at IBM over the last 20 years. Most recently as Innovation Architect he worked with IBM's corporate clients to develop and drive collaborative innovation programmes, and deliver innovation projects. Building on his skills in IT architecture and technical leadership, Ian has also successfully worked with both internal and external teams on how to embrace technology and to foster a thriving innovation culture. Ian joins ROQ at an exciting time, with the company looking to double in size over the next two years.

Co-founder and Director of ROQ, Stephen Johnson, said: “We are delighted to be bringing Ian on board at such a crucial time in our growth strategy. For the last year we have been working with some of the UK’s leading CIO’s on their strategic initiatives and as a result, we are significantly increasing our R&D investment in solution and service innovation. Ian will lead this piece and be responsible for driving ROQ’s quality assurance and testing initiatives into AI, IOT and Experiential Design amongst other things.

“More importantly, the way in which our delivery team solves client issues and challenges will draw upon fresh impetus driven from a new way of solution design – it promises to be an exciting time for the development of our consultants and in driving our recruitment strategy. ROQ is all about service excellence and with another year of double digit growth completed, outstanding client feedback, recognition by Forrester and Gartner and our recent IIP Gold Accreditation, the platform for delivering innovation has never been stronger.”

Ian said: “I’m very excited to be joining ROQ at this important time, when changing practices in software delivery and ever-increasing user expectations mean that high quality software is more important than ever. I’m really looking forward to delivering innovation for and with our clients, enabled through the creativity and passion of the ROQ team. I will also expand and build on the relationships that ROQ has with universities and other third parties, finding ways to deliver joint innovation and to place ROQ at the heart of an ecosystem that has the potential to drive significant change in how software is engineered and delivered.”

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