Skipton Group’s tech subsidiary Jade Software names new CEO

The Skipton Group has announced the appointment of Justin Mercer (pictured) as the new chief executive of its technology business, Jade Software, effective immediately.

Jade Software, a firm that helps clients accelerate growth through technology, is fully owned by the UK-based Skipton Group, which includes Skipton Building Society, Skipton International, Skipton Business Finance, Connells Group and Jade. Collectively, these businesses delivered a profit of £298.8m in 2022.

Mercer, who has been with Jade for more than a decade, has served as the interim CEO since the departure of the previous CEO, Charlotte Walshe, in February. Prior to that, he held the role of Director of Customer at Jade and was the General Manager of Jade Australia.

Jade Software employs approximately 280 staff across the UK, New Zealand and Australia, providing world-class enterprise solutions, helping customers to maximise the value from their core systems, and creating engaging digital experiences. It also has a robust presence in regulated environments through its anti-money laundering solution, Jade ThirdEye.

Sue Suckling, chairperson of Jade, expressed full endorsement of Mercer’s appointment by the board, saying: “Justin has played a significant part in Jade’s own digital transformation journey and has been a strong voice of the customer for many years, ensuring we are fully focused on innovation and delivering cost-effective solutions that provide exceptional value. This, coupled with a strong commercial focus and acumen, means we are confident Justin is the right person for this role.”

In response to his appointment, Mercer said: “I am delighted to become Jade’s next CEO. Charlotte has provided a strong foundation for the next stage of our evolution and I am looking forward to working with our people, partners and customers to deliver further innovation and value.”

Jade Software’s customers include brands such as Zurich, Scottish Building Society, TAL, Monmouthshire Building Society, DB Cargo, InvestNow and Fexco Pacific.