A SCOTTISH technology firm has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of a new chief technology officer (CTO).

With more than 20 years’ experience in the IT sector, Chris Rydings joins SHE Software from international IT service management firm, Axios Systems, where he served as global CTO.

The appointment comes as the East Kilbride-based software development company steps up its international expansion.

SHE Software recently gained global recognition for its highly configurable, state-of-the-art software solution, Assure – designed to reduce risk for organisations by simplifying health and safety management.

Rydings will lead the company’s global development and engineering teams, bringing his extensive experience of the industry.

“Having worked in the technology sector for more than two decades, I believe that Assure has fantastic potential to shape the way organisations conduct their health and safety management,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to bringing my experience of delivering technology solutions that underpin customers’ needs to further build on Assure’s exceptional capabilities.”

Rydings began his career in the British Army before moving into the digital sector where he served in several high-profile roles. As CTO of Arnold Clark, Europe’s largest car dealership, he was responsible for the company’s IT divisions infrastructure and led major transformational improvements to business efficiency.

SHE Software has maintained its rapid growth over the past 12 months, continuing the 60% per annum growth rate of the past three years and seeing revenues fast approach £4 million.

Following a £3m funding boost from NVM Private Equity, the firm recently launched a new centre of operations in Chicago, adding US interests to its well-established APAC customer base.

The company’s chief executive officer Matthew Elson said: “I am delighted to have Chris join SHE Software as our new CTO.

“His impressive technical and commercial background makes him an asset, and I firmly believe that his expertise will be extremely influential in our continuing success.”