novastone appoints former MD at Barclays Wealth Management and former VP at Burberry

novastone, the innovative technology business that drives VIP engagement for high net worth individuals, announces the appointment of Andrew Hodson, former Managing Director at Barclays’ Wealth Management, as Director and Craig Crawford, former Vice President of IT Strategy, Architecture and Relationships, at Burberry as an Advisor to spearhead its drive in to new markets.

Andrew Hodson combines over 20 years in the financial industry, with 15 years in private banking, most recently as a former Managing Director at Barclays’ Wealth Management. Having also actively invested in a number of successful technology start-up businesses, including Deepmind (sold to Google this year) and Featurespace, Andrew has come on board to share his experience and extensive network on the latest product, WealthChat. Using the novastone platform, WealthChat allows immediate private and secure chat with seamless integration of conversation, content and advice across devices and with existing CRM platforms.

Craig Crawford has been instrumental in the success of novastone’s first product, ShopChat. From small business to leading retailers, this clever chat application supports a more personal experience with clients anytime, anywhere through content rich instant communication.
A retail visionary, as former Vice President of IT Strategy, Architecture and Relationships, Craig revolutionised Burberry as a digital leader by introducing new technologies, most notably the Salesforce CRM to fashion. Craig’s 30 years of experience in digital innovation pave an exciting future for novastone.

Douglas Orr, Founder & CEO of novastone commented:
“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew and Craig. They are both leaders in their field and with their financial backing and expertise I believe that novastone is ideally positioned as we diversify into new advisory markets”

Andrew Hodson commented:
“Approached in May to be used as a sounding board for WealthChat, I immediately saw the benefits of the novastone platform. I wish WealthChat had been available to me during my time as a private banker.”

It is the versatility of novastone’s platform and revolutionary technology that will enable the business to continue to build and diversify into new markets. With a strong team providing the foundations to drive growth and expansion, the possibilities for novastone are endless.

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