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Commercial First appoints head of strategy and business change

Commercial First has appointed Mark Lester to the newly created role of head of strategy and business change.

Lester will be responsible for all major strategy and non-IT projects, and will report to the companys managing director Philip George.

He was previously a senior project leader at consulting firm Monitor.

George says: We are delighted to welcome Mark as our head of strategy and business development.

“Commercial First is committed to major development and growth and Marks experience and expertise will help to ensure that we successfully achieve our business goals in 2007 and beyond.


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