Hill Dickinson has announced that it has hired Iain Johnston as its first chief operating officer (COO). Iain Johnston, who will take up the position of COO this month, will be charged with further strengthening Hill Dickinson’s position in the marketplace, accelerating the firm’s development and overseeing the day to day operations of the business. With extensive knowledge of running international businesses, Iain brings over 25 years’ experience in marketing services and business development, including leading or working with the Boards of companies undergoing rapid change and strategic growth. In addition, Iain has founded, developed and sold or floated several technology businesses. Prior to joining Hill Dickinson, Iain spent 11 years running GB Group PLC and was involved with Alterian PLC for 13 years, including running the business as deputy chairman prior to its sale. In addition as CEO he helped turn around the Loewy Group and has spent 16 years as chairman of Event Marketing Solutions. CEO Peter Jackson commented: “I am delighted to welcome Iain to Hill Dickinson. His arrival marks the next step for us in terms of understanding and maximising the commercial advantage that technology has brought to some of the complex and evolving markets we operate in. Iain will be key to us accelerating our growth journey whilst delivering an outstanding client experience. I look forward to working with him over the coming years.” Iain Johnston said: “Having worked with Hill Dickinson for the last 18 months in a non-executive director capacity, I have seen first-hand the potential of the firm. I’m honoured to be taking on the role and looking forward to being part of Hill Dickinson’s next exciting chapter.” Last month, the firm announced its intention to appoint a COO, as part of wider changes to its management structure which saw Peter Jackson named as CEO and David Wareing becoming chairman.