Mitie Group plc has today announced that Karen Thomas-Bland will take up a newly created role as Programme Integration Director for Mitie’s merger with Interserve’s Facilities Management division. Karen will join Mitie’s Executive Leadership Team reporting directly to CEO Phil Bentley.
The acquisition, which was announced on 25 June 2020, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to shareholder approval. Together, the combined companies will accelerate the delivery of Mitie’s long-term technology-led FM vision, creating the UK’s largest facilities management company with over 77,500 employees.
Karen started her early career in Strategic Consulting before moving to IBM. Over the past ten years she has led numerous integration projects for large companies including Microsoft, National Grid, Accenture and recently, Reed Elsevier/RELX.
Phil Bentley, Chief Executive, said:
"I am delighted to welcome Karen to Mitie. The integration of Interserve is an opportunity for us to create a new company with a strong culture and her wealth of experience will be invaluable at this transformative time. We are determined to create a true UK Facilities Management champion to help get Britain back to business in a post COVID-19 world and Karen’s appointment is a key step forward in achieving that ambition."
Karen Thomas-Bland, Programme Integration Director, said:
"With the opportunity to bring Interserve and Mitie together, I am very excited to be joining at such a pivotal time. I am looking forward to leading an integration team, which will bring together the best of both Mitie and Interserve, to create an unparalleled FM partner to UK business."
Notes to editors
Founded in 1987, Mitie is the UK's leading facilities management and professional services company. It offers a range of services including Technical Services (Engineering Services, Energy, Water and Real Estate Services), Business Services (Security, Cleaning and Office Services) and Specialist Services (Care & Custody, Landscapes and Waste Management).
Mitie employs 47,500 people across the country, looking after a large, diverse, blue-chip customer base, from banks and retailers, to hospitals, schools and critical government strategic assets. It takes care of its customers’ people and buildings, by delivering the basics brilliantly and by deploying advanced technology. It is pioneering the Connected Workspace, using smart analytics to provide valuable insight and deliver efficiencies to create outstanding work environments for customers.
Find out more at www.mitie.com.