MANAGEMENT TEAM

PETER WILKINSON PROFILE

 
Peter Wilkinson, InTechnology's Chief Executive Officer, has spent 30 years pioneering technological innovation, and his expertise has led him to develop some of the UK's most successful and well-known technology companies.

Starting out as a software programmer for Systime, he rapidly rose to the position of International Software Director. However, his eye for a business opportunity was apparent even at school, where he commandeered the school's hobs, employed 5 fellow pupils to chop and fry potatoes, and ran a highly successful and lucrative chip production enterprise - until he was closed down.
Peter Wilkinson - InTechnology CEO

He left Systime in 1983 to found Storm, an international data storage distribution company. In 1999 he founded VDATA, a company that revolutionised IT operations by enabling online data backup - a much more efficient, fast and cost-effective alternative to tape backup. Storm and VDATA merged in 2000 to become InTechnology.

Meanwhile his entrepreneurial flair and incisive grasp of the technology market had also led him to develop and lead a string of highly profitable businesses: the UK's first viable business ISP (Planet Online), the first consumer ISP (Freeserve) and a hugely successful Internet business (Sports Internet). The sale of these companies as flourishing businesses has given him - and indeed many of those to whom he sold the companies - a permanent appearance in the Sunday Times Rich list.

The creation of the Freeserve technology is an object lesson in itself: he spotted that BT's charging structure opened up a commercial opportunity to create a free ISP service, recognised the need for a nationwide partner who could give customers easy access to the CD-based software, and teamed up with Dixons (who in fact branded the service) to achieve this. And in the stuff of legends, he worked out the figures on a napkin on a train.

The innovative trend he started almost 30 years ago continues up to the present day. He leads InTechnology's strategic direction with a hands-on approach and his strong belief in business ethics has led to a loyal and longstanding customer base. Motivated by a continued desire to drive through accepted boundaries and put technology based solutions to uses that improve the lives of many. He has also taken InTechnology into joint ventures with Mobile Tornado and Live-PA.

An inspirational, surprisingly self-effacing, leader, he has retained a close and loyal management team, some of whom have been with him for over two decades. At the same time he has brought in new members to the team and encourages new employees to grow and develop with the company through apprenticeships and in-house training academies. In his 30-year career he has created over 5000 jobs.

Business biog

1983   Storm   Data storage distributor
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1995   Planet Online   UK's first profitable business ISP
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1996   Sports Internet   UK's leading football and betting Internet service
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1998   Freeserve   UK's most successful consumer ISP
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1999   VData   UK's most respected online data backup and storage services
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2000   InTechnology   Storm and VData merged to form InTechnology
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2006   Hosted VoIP   Added to InTechnology services
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2006   Mobile Tornado   Joint venture
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2007   Evoxus   Acquisition to strengthen telephony services
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2009   Live-PA   Joint venture with Live-PA to offer call recording
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2013   Redcentric   Redcentric acquire Managed Services division for £65 million
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2013   Alvarion Global   InTechnology acquire Alvarion to provide UK wireless solutions