Dave brings 20+ years of experience from the cultural sector and an extensive network
Lund, Sweden, February 3 2022 – Axiell, the world’s leading software and services provider for the cultural sector, today announced the expansion of its focus on innovation and technology with Dave Thomas joining the Group as CTO. Dave brings extensive experience from the last 20 years in senior information and technology positions in large and information-rich Museums, Archives, Libraries, Research and Private-Sector organisations, including the UK’s Natural History Museum and UK Research Councils. In the last 3 years, Dave has been advising organisations large and small in the sector and leading cross-institutional digital, knowledge and technology initiatives. This has included research, funding and influencing government policy. From 1st April, Dave will be responsible for research & development, infrastructure and spearheading Axiell’s continued investment into cloud solutions and a modern technology platform for the cultural sector.
“I am very glad Dave is joining Axiell Group. His experience from our sector brings a unique understanding of sustainable technology strategies, which will ensure Axiell can always be a trusted partner to our customers. In addition, Axiell strives to drive innovation in the sector and Dave’s extensive network of thought and technology leaders is a good building block in that aspiration” says Joel Sommerfeldt, CEO and President of Axiell Group.
As society evolves and changes, so must museums, archives and libraries. Axiell has 30 years’ experience of working closely with leading cultural institutions around the world, to advance digital within the sector and drive innovation through market-leading solutions, both traditional on-premise solutions and modern cloud solutions. Understanding the industry, its challenges and how to meet those challenges is a core strategic pillar for Axiell. Having this knowledge is vital in order to be relevant to customers and provides the basis for stable, long-term partnerships. Therefore, investing in key staff with that knowledge is a valuable part of the Axiell strategy.
Dave Thomas comments: “Museums, Libraries, Schools and Archives are such wonderful places for learning. The passionate people working in them never fail to inspire me and they deserve the best. The value of the knowledge in their people and objects is increasingly critical in this ever-changing digital world. Great support, platform solutions, innovation and partnerships are key, and it’s going to be a privilege working with customers old and new across the globe.”
Axiell is the market leader as IT provider to the cultural sector globally, delivering solutions and services to libraries, museums, archives and educational institutions in 60 countries. The company also provides digital media and e-books to libraries and retailers in Scandinavia. With the geographic coverage and broad solution set, the company strategy is to provide solutions that will allow customers to connect with other institutions and share data and information, all with the objective to provide a better service and complete knowledge experience to patrons, students, museum visitors and researchers alike.
Axiell’s solutions help institutions share culture and knowledge with the world. Our software and services assist them to manage their collections, encourage reading, preserve cultural heritage, improve learning and increase engagement with the public. Our customers are libraries, museums, archives, schools, publishers and retailers in 60 countries. We develop innovative digital tools to transform the way they work and connect with their audiences. We do this from 23 offices globally, with headquarters in Sweden.
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