Focus appoints business development director

Focus Solutions, the provider of adaptive software solutions, has appointed David Brooks as its business development director to take responsibility for sales, marketing and business development, across the group.

Brooks joins Focus from the financial services division of Vertex, (formerly Marlborough Stirling), where he held the position of business development director for the mortgages business unit, focusing on sales, account management, marketing and business consulting.

Brooks has nearly 20 years experience within the IT industry, spending time in the financial services, local government and manufacturing verticals.

Brooks originally trained as an accountant, moving into the IT industry to work for McDonnell Douglas Information Systems to support their local government financial management software solutions.

During his time at MDIS, he gained experience as a business consultant prior to becoming one of the founder members of their software sales team.

Brooks then moved to BDM Largotim in the Midlands, to run their automotive business unit, responsible for selling and implementing ERP solutions.

More recent experience has been at J D Edwards where he was awarded the prestigious global client manager of the year award in 1999, as an account executive at PeopleSoft and as a sales manager at E.piphany where he sold Enterprise CRM solutions into HBOS and Barclays.

David holds a MBA from Warwick University Business School.

Brooks, says: “Focus is a very innovative technology company, with an impressive client list across the life, pensions and mortgage market.

“I look forward to utilising my previous experience of working with large financial services institutions to help Focus re-vitalise their propositions and further develop its business across both existing and new vertical markets.”

Richard Stevenson, chief executive, Focus Solutions, says: “Brooks new appointment supports Focus’ strategy as we move into a challenging new phase of our development, building larger, more sophisticated, enterprise wide technology solutions for global financial organisations.

“Brooks is well known within the financial services industry and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.”