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The services contractor Mitie Group says that Karen Thomas-Bland will take up a newly created role as Programme Integration Director for the plc’s merger with Interserve’s Facilities Management division. Karen, pictured, will join Mitie’s Executive Leadership Team reporting directly to CEO Phil Bentley.
The acquisition, as announced on June 25, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to shareholder approval, as Mitie reported in its results for the second quarter. Together, this is creating the UK’s largest facilities management company with over 77,500 employees, Mitie says.
Karen started her 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 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.”