We are delighted to announce that Ron Orme, a veteran of the training industry, has become Chair of Happy Ltd. Ron has previously been Chief Executive of Parity Training – where sales increased from £4m to £25m under his leadership – and then Spring IT Training, and in 2004 was given the Colin Corder award for lifetime service to the industry by the Learning and Performance Institute.
“This is very exciting for us”, explains Happy founder and Chief Executive Henry Stewart. “Ron has a wealth of experience and expertise, and corporate focus, and shares the values of Happy. He will be a very important addition to the Happy team, and help us expand into new markets”.
“I am delighted to be more closely involved with Happy – an award-winning company with a great culture and a total commitment to quality”, commented Ron. “There are a lot of exciting initiatives underway at Happy and I am looking forward to playing a more active part in helping the talented team to achieve the success they deserve. In particular I want to focus on helping to exploit Happy’s very successful track record of delivering major end-user roll-out programmes for Microsoft, Oracle, Siebel, Salesforce, SAP and other software platforms.”
Ron Orme joins at a time when the company looks set for significant growth. Last year saw a 20% increase in sales and a big boost in profits for Happy Ltd, which combines the Happy Computers division (IT Training) with Happy People (management development and creating happy workplaces). There are a range of new innovations, including intensive classroom courses, online productivity videos, Drupal apprenticeships, programmes to transform organisational culture, happy workplace conferences and more.
Happy is currently organising the 2nd London Happy Workplace conference, to take place at Google in central London on 14th May. There are still a few Early Bird tickets available: http://bit.ly/happywork2