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BusinessScots patent attorney eyes global expansion with new appointment

Scots patent attorney eyes global expansion with new appointment

A SCOTTISH patent attorney is looking to expand internationally with its first recruit into a new role within the company.

Murgitroyd, the pan-European intellectual property protection business, has appointed John Gillies as its first Global People Director.

With two new acquisitions since September 2021, and the company’s staff count now at 440, Murgitroyd is hoping to enforce its position as a leading consolidator in the European IP sector.

Within his role, John will look to lead Murgitroyd’s people strategy, provide support and strategic direction on HR issues and work alongside the company’s leadership team to underpin Murgitroyd’s culture.

Murgitroyd’s new Global People Director, John Gillies (right) with Gordon Stark, CEO.
Murgitroyd’s new Global People Director, John Gillies (right) with Gordon Stark, CEO. (C) Peter Devlin

The company says that John’s responsibilities within this role this will help ensure that the right training, mentoring and people policies are in place to support its ambitious growth plans.

John joins Murgitroyd from KCA Deutag, a leading international oil and gas drilling, engineering and technology company.

Aside from this role, John has previously acted as HR Director at ScotRail and Director of People & Development at Police Scotland.

Announcing this appointment, Gordon Stark, CEO of Murgitroyd, said: “John’s appointment is an excellent step for Murgitroyd.

“He brings an impressive range of people and HR expertise which will help us to continue to attract, develop and retain the best people and enable them to deliver exceptional results for our valued clients.

“We see this important new role as a key appointment in investing in our future growth and ongoing success.”

John Gillies said: “This is an exciting time to be joining Murgitroyd.

“The company has embarked on an ambitious growth strategy and our success will depend on our people.

“I look forward to working alongside the leadership team and all colleagues across the business to develop and implement a People Strategy designed to enable our growth plans and deliver sustained performance as well as support colleague and team development across the business.”

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