Announcement: Andrew Filby becomes CEO of Data Interchange
Today we welcome Andrew Filby into the position of CEO at Data Interchange.
Andrew has worked at the company for over 30 years across various departments, most recently heading up Research & Development. Having worked with the founders of the business, Andrew can ensure that the legacy, purpose and future vision of Data Interchange remains true.
What our people think:
“As someone who has been with Data Interchange (DI) for just over a year now, hearing about Andrew’s promotion into the position of CEO was one of pleasant surprise and delight. Andrew has been with DI for many years and fully understands the complexity and needs of our growing business and will ensure we deliver brilliantly simple EDI solutions for our customers.“
AIS Manager, Data Interchange
“It’s really nice to see someone that has been with the company for so long stepping into the CEO position. Andrew is invested in the company’s best interests, and he has a long history with all our customers. His industry knowledge and experience are going to enable Data Interchange to continue its forward trajectory of innovation and development of EDI solutions for our customers.“
Head of Presales, Data Interchange
Data Interchange moving forward
Robert Steiner was brought into the business in 2019 on an interim basis to grow the company. Over the past few years, he has delivered on these key objectives, even throughout the pandemic, and has provided Data Interchange with a clear path and strategy which is already underway. During this period, Data Interchange has grown to 120 employees and now has a clear focus to make EDI easy with its new cloud offering.
Alongside Robert, Andrew has worked closely with the Leadership Team and has played an instrumental part in building and delivering the strategy of the business. He intends to continue this path, leading with the same strategy and end goal as currently planned. Andrew is supported by an experienced Leadership Team who have worked together to successfully negotiate the Covid-19 crisis, whilst growing the business and providing a solid foundation for future growth.
The Data Interchange on-premise applications and cloud EDI services have evolved with market demands to provide efficient business solutions to a wide variety of customers, with an emphasis on making EDI simple which will continue to be a focus during 2022.
“I am delighted to have been appointed CEO of Data Interchange. Having worked at the company for over 30 years heading up the R&D area for most of that time, I am now looking forward to continuing to grow the business and provide a wonderful place for our people to work.“
About our new CEO
We thought we’d ask our new CEO a few questions so you can get to know him! Let’s take a look at what he said.
When you joined the company, what were you involved in?
I was involved in the development of the original set of software applications created by Data Interchange, this was the early days of the automotive EDI industry and I worked on the implementation of the ODETTE OFTP protocol which had recently been created. Initially, I worked on IBM AS/400, IBM OS/2, and Microsoft Windows to develop the first release of Odex, then I moved to the Unix platform and developed ODEX/plus.
What do you like to do outside of work or as a hobby?
As a keen cyclist and runner, I like to get out and run several times each week throughout the year. When we have decent weather, I also enjoy challenging myself and completing a few half marathons. I feel that keeping fit physically is a fantastic way to make you feel good, but mental health is as equally as important and that is why I spend some time reading and enjoying being outside in the fresh air with my family.
What would you like to bring to Data Interchange in your new role as CEO?
I am a keen believer in providing opportunities and growing people through their careers, and Data Interchange offers many career paths. Within the teams I’ve previously managed, there are now several Senior Managers who started life at Data Interchange as young graduates. This is something I wish to continue.
Name an achievement you’ve made at Data Interchange that has stuck with you.
I worked closely on the development of our first software products and services in the 1990s. Later I was heavily involved with the creation and development of the OFTP2 protocol which has become the de facto communications protocol used by the automotive industry for EDI data transmissions.
Lastly, what are you looking forward to in your new role?
I am looking forward to ensuring that our customers continue to receive high-quality service and Data Interchange continues to be the point of reference for EDI knowledge and excellence. Most importantly, I look forward to listening to our people and making sure Data Interchange remains a welcoming and fun place to work.