20 Sep 2016

IRIS Software Group appoints Sion Lewis as CEO of its accountancy division


IRIS Software Group appoints Sion Lewis as CEO of its accountancy division

IRIS Software Group has agreed to acquire Level10 Ltd including its forecasting and reporting software Gearshift; enabling accountants to provide greater value to their clients in the run up to Making Tax Digital.
Gearshift provides IRIS accountants with reporting and forecasting capabilities, enabling them to deliver high-value advisory services to their clients through its integration with KashFlow. The forecasting software is designed to predict long and short term funding needs more accurately, making more from data and informing smarter business decisions.
The acquisition comes at a time when the accountancy industry is going through its biggest change in recent history, moving towards HMRC’s Making Tax Digital strategy. This is an opportunity for accountants to demonstrate the real added value to their customers and ensure they build stronger partnerships. 
Kevin Dady, CEO of IRIS, says, “As we move closer to Making Tax Digital, it is crucial accountants demonstrate additional value to their customers. While this is significant, we see this as an opportunity for practices of all sizes to utilise innovative technology tools to deliver financial and business consultancy; ultimately bring accountants closer to their clients while guiding them through the transition.”
Kevin Cowan, managing director of Level10, adds, “It is becoming increasingly important for accountants to be able to produce financial information quickly, easily and in a format clients can understand. It’s exciting for Gearshift to be part of the next chapter in financial management.”
Gearshift will be re-branded into different editions for accountants and businesses; introducing a bundled edition of KashFlow that will include the new functionality.

IRIS Software Group, the UK’s leading provider of business critical software and services, is today announcing the appointment of Sion Lewis as CEO of its accountancy division. The appointment continues to increase IRIS’ commitment to connecting accountants, businesses and employees, enabling them to manage their financial and compliance requirements to achieve success.

Sion was the business’ Chief Sales Officer (CSO) for almost six years before leaving the company for a brief sabbatical earlier this year. Prior to this, Sion has spent more than 24 years working in other leading software companies, including Salesforce.com, BMC and Interwoven.

Kevin Dady, CEO of IRIS Software Group, says, “We’re delighted to welcome Sion back to IRIS. Having previously worked in the business as CSO, Sion brings a deep understanding of the UK accountancy sector and a wealth of experience to lead the IRIS Accountancy Division.

“At a time when HMRC’s ‘Making Tax Digital’ programme and the journey towards Brexit dominate the industry, Sion’s leadership will be instrumental in ensuring that IRIS continues to operate at the forefront of the UK accounting market sector, providing accountants with industry-leading software and delivering first class customer service at all levels.”

Sion Lewis, CEO of IRIS’ accountancy division, says, “We’re entering a very exciting time within the accountancy industry and it’s never been more important for accountants to be offering high-level business advice to their customers. As the UK tax regime becomes digitalised and the impact of Brexit unfolds around the world, I aim to drive even more innovation and exceptional levels of customer service to ensure our customers can maximise their investment in IRIS software and continuously add value to their clients.

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