Mitie Group plc has 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.”