Key senior appointments at Drive Software Solutions
23 April 2020
Author: Simon Harris
Drive Software Solutions (Drive) has attracted a top technology executive team into its group of senior managers aiming to strengthen its position as a provider of cloud-enabled fleet management.
Richard Parris, chairman of Sabien Technology Group and CEO at Salt Cybersecurity, will become chairman of the board upon completion of a current assignment.
Joining Drive as CEO is David King who has built and exited successful technology firms for 20-plus years. Robert Gorby, chief commercial officer, brings 20 years of sales and marketing experience to Drive.
The combined team sees greater potential for Drive given the momentum of global technology events, like the arrival of 5G and Internet of Things, coupled with changes expected in mobility and fleet management, such as the growth in mobility as a service offering and autonomous vehicles.
King said: "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to lead a technology innovator like Drive, backed by such an experienced and engaged team of investors as Viva Investment Partners."
They join Simon West-Oliver (strategic partnerships director), Dave Pegg (technical director) and Stuart Newmarch (development director).
West-Oliver said: "We now have the team in place to realise our core mantra of e-business, automation and advancing customer service. ODO allows us to bring the real underlying benefits of the wealth of Drive functionality in an agile market-relevant solution to a wider marketplace."
Gorby added: "The industry is going through rapid transformation and disruption. Drive is a key enabler in this transformation and I'm excited to be part of a world class team who will shape the future of this industry."
ODO, launched in 2018, is evolving as a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform in a new digital mobility ecosystem. Aimed at the SME fleet sector, it provides non-expert users, such as business owners, human resource managers and finance directors, with a product for their managing vehicles and drivers.
ODO provides automatic alerts and reminders, aiming to help fleets maintain control, manage costs, and stamping out things like fuel fraud, end-of-contract excess mileage penalties and unexpected damage re-charges.
ODO has integrated and automated a number of the key service providers to allow smaller organisations to gain the benefits of vehicle management normally only experienced by larger fleet operators.
Dr. René Eichenberger, chairman of Viva Investment Partners, who has joined the board of directors of DRIVE, commented: "This is now a winning team. Drive is open for business. The momentum is strong, and the opportunity in mobility tremendous."