Here at Acuity, we are excited to announce that Mark Cohen has recently joined the team as our new Chief Product Officer. Mark has spent over 15 years working in the Sage community so we are looking forward to the knowledge and experience he brings. I wanted to take the opportunity to hear Mark's views and visions for Acuity.
Q1. Why did you join Acuity?
'I have worked at larger PLCs for many years but wanted to work in an environment where everyone feels a part of the same goals and objectives. Acuity are not a small business but I have seen a very strong team ethic that I wanted to be a part of.'
Q2. What will you bring to Acuity?
'I have more than 15 years experience in the Sage Channel, both in the UK and overseas. In this time I have had roles in many different areas of a software business. I have worked on a support desk, as an implementation consultant, managed projects (both customer and internal), and also spent many years working in a presales and product management role. This has given me a strong understanding of what is involved in each area of the company.
I have also been an accountant at a business implementing a new system, so have experienced the challenges many of our customers go through.'
Q3. What attracted you to Acuity?
'One of the main reasons was the people. I have known some Acuity Staff for many years and am really looking forward to working more closely with them.
I have also admired the strong customer focus and reputation that Acuity have, as this is something I believe very strongly in.
Finally, Acuity are already a very innovative Sage Partner and this is something I aim to now expand further in my role.'
Q4. What are your first month objectives?
'The first aim is to get to know my colleagues and as many customers of Acuity as I can, as quickly as possible.
Whilst I am very familiar with most of the products, I also aim to gain an understanding of all of the other software Acuity currently offer. This will allow me to define a product strategy that can continue to help the business grow and ensure we can continue to provide solutions that help our customers be more efficient and successful as well.'
Q5. What are you currently excited about in your new role?
'I am excited about the opportunity to define the next stage of Acuity’s innovative product strategy, and to work with a highly motivated team of colleagues. I believe that Acuity are in a strong position to be truly at the forefront of our industry in the coming years.'
Q6. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
'Outside of work I try to spend as much time as possible with my Wife and two Daughters, aged 9 and 7.
I enjoy following most sports but my playing days are now mostly behind me, with golf the one sport I would like to spend more time improving!
I also keep chickens at home and as well as enjoying the eggs (mostly in cakes!), we try to hatch different breeds that lay different coloured eggs. So far we have white, light and dark brown, blue and green!'
Look out for our next blog in our Humans of Acuity series where we will be talking to our Operations Administrator, Corrie Warriker.
If you are interested in joining the Acuity Team, please give us a call on 01932 237110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org