ONLINE brand protection company SnapDragon has named a co-founder of one of Scotland’s unicorns as its chairman.

Gordon Craig, who co-founded Craneware with Keith Neilson in 1999, brings extensive international experience, having served as its chief technology officer for 16 years.

Craneware produces the medical billing software for a third of registered US hospitals and is currently valued at just over $1 billion (£750m).

SnapDragon works with online market-places such as Amazon, eBay and China’s Alibaba.

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Mr Craig said: “Like so many of the best technology companies, SnapDragon was born when an entrepreneur spotted a gap in the market.”

Rachel Jones, SnapDragon founder and chief executive, said: “Bringing Gordon on board is a real coup for us.”

She also said that the “learning opportunities his (Mr Craig’s) involvement presents are considerable”.

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Kier Construction Scotland has described the promotion of Phil McDowell, above, to operations director as a “significant appointment”.

He also joins the board of directors for Kier Construction Scotland and North East.

Mr McDowell joined Kier as a contracts manager in 2013 and has been responsible for the delivery of a number of major projects.

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Mr McDowell said: “It’s an exciting time for Kier Construction as we continue to operate effectively in our chosen markets and have recently secured moe than £100 million of new contracts in our business unit in the last few months alone.

"I look forward to working with the board and teams across this country to deliver this pipeline of work.”

Brian McQuade, of Kier Construction, said Mr McDowell is a “huge asset” and added: “Phil’s talents were recognised through his ability to effectively deliver key projects in a collaborative manner with external and internal stakeholders.”

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Edinburgh and London-based RTC Leadership and Coaching has appointed Gill Hayward as managing director as part of its ongoing expansion.

Ms Hayward, above, who is from Edinburgh, will operate from the London office.

She will be responsible for nurturing existing projects and driving new business as the company expands its leadership training services.

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The new appointment to the board will see RTC’s founder and chief executive Ros Taylor focus on enhancing the firm’s global proposition in the US and China.

Ms Hayward, who also co-created the YUUbag product, said: “I’m excited to join Ros and the team at RTC as the company 
expands its offering in the UK and globally.”

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Incremental Group has appointed Kim McCann, above, previously a senior executive at Shell, as chief operating officer as the digital transformation specialist enters its next phase of growth.

Ms McCann, a University of Strathclyde graduate has held senior positions with Accenture, IBM, Bank of Scotland and was most recently global excellence lead at Shell Aviation.

She will work alongside Neil Logan, chief executive, and Incremental’s leadership team as the company extends its market reach across the UK, builds headcount following strong organic growth and recent acquisitions, and scales the business.

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Mr Logan said: “Kim brings blue-chip, global experience and will help us to drive performance and customer satisfaction through strong processes, governance and culture.

"As we develop a modern, diverse workplace at Incremental, while supporting an increasing number of large corporates and public sector bodies, Kim’s proven track record in delivery excellence will ensure success for our customers."

Ms McCann said: “Incremental is one of the UK’s most exciting digital companies, with an impressive customer base across the public and commercial sectors and a fast-growing, motivated team.

"When you are growing at this kind of pace, it’s imperative to implement and maintain best practice processes, retain a focus on quality and culture and, most of all, make sure customers remain front and centre to everything you do.”

Incremental Group officially launched in November 2016 and now has 130 people across its 5 UK locations, in Glasgow, Inverurie, Northwich, Manchester and London.

The business forecasts revenues in the region of £12 million this year and is targeting more than 500 jobs across the UK and revenues of more than £60m by 2022 through further organic growth and strategic acquisitions.