Integreon BD boss quits to launch UK arm of LPO

Integreon business development president John Croft has left to launch the UK arm of Elevate Services, a US-based legal services provider founded by Integreon’s former CEO two years ago.

London-based Croft, who launched Elevate’s UK and Europe arm this week, changed his Linkedin job title this morning shortly after Elevate announced its UK launch via Twitter. The service, which already provides legal support from offices in the US and India, named another senior Integreon employee, former COO Lokendra Tomar, as its new CEO yesterday.

The move marks Elevate’s first foray into Europe since launching in 2011 and reunites Croft with former Integreon CEO Liam Brown, the founder of Elevate. In a comment on the hire Brown praised Croft for opening the UK market for Integreon by sealing a number of high-profile deals with the likes of Clifford Chance, British American Tobacco, Osborne Clarke, Allen & Overy, Linklaters, Simmons & Simmons, and Cameron McKenna during his time at the group.

However, CMS Cameron McKenna (28 March 2013) and Osborne Clarke (25 March 2013) both shelved the bulk of their deals with Integreon earlier this year, becoming the latest in a growing number of UK firms to change elements of their relationship with the outsourcing provider. In a statement Camerons managing partner Duncan Weston confirmed that the firm was set to move elements of its facilities management away from the back-office support business. The firm has begun a consultation for support staff involved in its £600m contract.

In a statement Integreon said: “We can confirm John Croft left the business on 17 April. He was a member of our sales team, which is 30 strong globally and we’re currently making additional key hires [not yet announced] to continue our strong focus on growth for 2013 and beyond.”