IRIS Software appoints new HCM Managing Director to give businesses time to thrive

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Posted: 30th May 2022

IRIS Software Group (IRIS), one of the UK’s largest privately held software companies, is today announcing the appointment of Stephanie Coward as the Managing Director (MD) for its Commercial division.

Stephanie joins following an esteemed career in the technology sector, bringing over two decades of experience in managing and transforming businesses to best support their customers, as well as their people.

Stephanie will be driving forward IRIS’ Human Capital Management offerings, leading the mission to give every employee time to make a difference by automating vital HR processes to fast-track business success. She will play a key role in establishing IRIS as the leading supplier of software solutions and services that support HR professionals now and in the future. 

Prior to joining IRIS, Stephanie held several senior director positions at Capita for 17 years, working across all areas of business. Initially commencing her career in sales, business development and operations, Stephanie moved into MD and Chief Operating Officer roles with a remit to transform traditional on-premise licence-based businesses into competitive subscription-based SaaS cloud solution providers.

Over the past decade, Stephanie has managed businesses providing strategic HCM software technologies as well as HR and Payroll managed services.

Alongside IRIS’ other sector MDs, Stephanie will focus on ensuring customers are placed at the heart of IRIS’ cloud technology solutions, so they have the time and tools they need to focus on what matters – making the best decisions for their people and business.

Stephanie Coward, MD for Commercial at IRIS Software Group comments on her appointment, “I am incredibly excited to lead IRIS’ commercial division. Businesses of all sizes are navigating an extremely challenging environment. Ongoing employee woes with the cost-of-living crisis and rehashed Government conversations around the future of work, has highlighted the need for HR teams to have agile, flexible technology that supports the myriad of difficulties impacting working lives.

“IRIS is the leading trusted advisor for HR management, that truly understands the needs of HR professionals and their people. I’m proud to support in delivering the best-in-class technology, that will give HR professionals the time they need to focus on value added work.”

David Lockie, Chief Operating Officer at IRIS Software Group says, “We’re delighted to welcome another experience Managing Director to our executive team. The market is constantly evolving, and digitisation is a critical enabler for businesses to not only survive but thrive. With Stephanie’s expertise, we can go the extra mile for our customers, providing them with the technology they need to grow their business and succeed in these difficult times.”