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DateMonday, May 17, 2021

John Purdy (L) Switches Role with Ergo Non-Exec Chairman Paul McCann (R) as he Leaves Grant Thornton to Become the Company's Chief Executive Officer

CEO & Chairman Change Roles at Ergo

John Purdy Switches Role with Ergo Chairman Paul McCann as he Leaves Grant Thornton to Become the Company's Chief Executive Officer


Ergo, the Dublin based cloud and managed services company, have announced that founder and CEO John Purdy is to switch roles with Paul McCann, the company's current chairman. McCann is to leave his current role at Grant Thornton to assume Purdy's CEO role in September .


McCann, currently Senior Partner in Grant Thornton's Financial Services Advisory Department, has served as Ergo Chairperson since 2015, advising the board on acquisitions that have enabled the company to expand its capabilities and achieving annual revenues in excess of €95m.


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His tenure at Grant Thornton, has seen him navigate the firm through an accelerated growth period, expanding the firm from 417 to 1144 people, and almost tripling revenues from €41m to €115.7m. With Ireland’s IT services sector going through a period of rapid consolidation, Ergo is refocusing on a growth-through-acquisition strategy that McCann will now lead. 


Ergo was founded in 1993 by John Purdy and Tim Sheehy, a two-man firm selling toner cartridges for printers. Over the last 28 years it has developed into an IT Managed Services and Software Development company, employing around 450 people.



Commenting on the role change, John Purdy, who has undergone some health issues in recent years, said; “It became clear to me some time ago that Paul would be a natural to succeed me if he was available. He has a deep understanding of our business and values, combined with a growth mindset and focus on customers that has always been the engine of Ergo’s success.”


Incoming CEO McCann, said; “The opportunity to become Ergo CEO dovetailed perfectly with my own aspirations to lead a company at the cutting edge of business-critical technologies. I have always had the utmost respect for Ergo as a highly skilled IT provider and as an employer of talented people who are synonymous with its success. I look forward to helping to write the next chapter in a great Irish success story.”




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