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Air IT appoints Cyber Security Expert as new CTO

L-R: James Healey welcoming Lee Johnson

Award-winning managed service provider (MSP) Air IT has today announced the appointment of Lee Johnson as its new Chief Technology Officer and Head of Cyber Security as it continues to expand.

Lee has more than 13 years’ experience in the IT industry and is responsible for directing the company’s technical strategy. He will also be heavily involved in supporting Air IT’s ambitious growth plans as it looks to take on more employees with increased demand for its services.

Along with being named CTO, Lee will also be heading up Air Sec, Air IT’s specialist cyber security division. As the company’s resident security specialist, he will offer expert insight to more than 400 of Air IT’s SME and enterprise clients on critical protection plans and recovery against internal and external security threats.

Lee said: “As someone who is passionate about helping businesses achieve their goals through the secure and efficient use of technology, I am delighted to be joining the team at Air IT. With cyber security concerns regularly threatening businesses large and small, I’m looking forward to supporting and strengthening our offering to clients and advising how to ultimately safeguard their business.

“Air IT has an incredibly bright future and I’m excited to further establish us as a leading managed service provider in the UK in 2019.”

Lee has previously worked for several IT organisations providing infrastructure support across a number of sectors, based in the UK and further afield in locations such as China, Hong Kong and New York. In addition to his role at Air IT, Lee is also a consultant to the East Midlands Chamber, delivering action-planning workshops to SMEs on cyber security, Office 365 and cloud computing as part of the EU funded Digital Growth Programme.

James Healey, Managing Director at Air IT, said: “2018 was a brilliant year for us and Lee’s appointment will see us continue to go from strength to strength. Lee brings invaluable skills and knowledge across the IT sector, and has proven experience in the MSP sector so is a perfect addition to the company.

“His strategic, innovative and fresh thinking will integrate well with Air IT, and we are delighted to welcome him to the team.”

Air IT recently became the first MSP in the East Midlands to achieve a three-star ‘customer-led’ maturity level by the Service Desk Institute and was also shortlisted for two awards in the prestigious IT Service and Support Awards 2019. Its CEO, Todd McQuilkin, has also been featured in the CRN A-List 2019, which celebrates the most recognisable figures in the UK channel.