Written by CloudTalent – published 14 October 2013

Tony Irving Appointed As                 
CloudTalent COO

In its bid to shake up the traditional IT infrastructure consultancy market, one of the UK’s fastest growing firms ‘CloudTalent’ has appointed its first COO, Tony Irving, capitalizing on his 30 years’ experience in the industry.

After joining the UK based IT infrastructure consultancy only seven months ago, Tony Irving has been appointed as CloudTalent’s first ever Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Irving joined CloudTalent as a Programme & Client Executive in March 2013 assigned to one of the largest transformation projects in the company’s history. Prior to that he had spent most of his career in Investment Banking technology functions culminating in a CTO-level role at Thomson Reuters as Global Head of Technology Operations, managing 2,500 staff and a budget of $750m per annum.

Adrian Overall, CloudTalent CEO comments on Tony’s appointment: “It is great that we are able to strengthen our leadership team with the appointment of Tony who has worked in some of the most challenging and complex IT environments on the planet. Clients want to know that you are sensitized to their challenges and can show a real empathy for their situation; Tony’s operational experience demonstrates this and reinforces our commitment to continue to build a genuine client-side partner for our customers to rely on.”

Tony Irving, CloudTalent COO comments on his recent appointment: “It’s great to be appointed as the COO for CloudTalent  – I’m joining a team of industry experts that are shaking up the traditional IT consultancy market, a move that is long overdue.

“Having worked with the CloudTalent team for the last seven months, I’ve experienced IT consultancy being done differently, for the better.  I’m honored to be offered such a crucial role in the company, and excited to be invited in to take CloudTalent to its next stage.”

For over thirty years, Tony has run large-scale global IT operations and delivery functions, being responsible for major programmes including leading the technology infrastructure aspects of a merger, as well as being involved in both outsourcing and insourcing.

Tony started his career in cost & management accountancy in the retail sector, but the lure of technology quickly resulted in a move into the finance sector, where he progressed through a number of infrastructure roles covering data centres, networks, voice, desktop services, trading floors and financial messaging.

Tony Irving’s Curriculum Vitae

Bankers Trust

At Bankers Trust (later acquired by Deutsche Bank) he was involved in the creation of the world’s first Ethernet broadcast-based trading room; he also ran a number of large IT programmes including the technology aspects of a move to a new London headquarters.

Coopers & Lybrand

Tony spent time as an independent consultant in the late 90’s at Coopers & Lybrand (which later became PwC) supporting a national infrastructure upgrade project. At Cable & Wireless he drove the creation of a global shared service model, managed the HQ IT Operations function and supported the implemented of a cross-group global network.

In 1999, Tony joined Chase Manhattan Bank to run infrastructure in EMEA, and then lead the programme to integrate the UK infrastructure following the acquisition of JP Morgan. Tony ran Global Service Delivery with a focus on service improvement and cost reduction, and was promoted to Managing Director before moving from JP Morgan to IBM in 2003 as part of the $5bn/ 7 years outsource of JP Morgan’s global infrastructure.


In 2004 Tony joined Reuters to run their portfolio of 274 global data centres, and drove a number of programmes to dramatically improve service, reduce cost and shrink the data centre estate down to 18 sites. He achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certification of the strategic Reuters global data centres, and also lead a programme to introduce ITIL globally resulting in recognition by Gartner of ‘best in breed” levels of maturity.

Following the Thomson acquisition of Reuters in 2008, Tony was promoted to create and run the shared services function globally covering data centres, networks and desktop/ end-user services. He achieved year-on-year reductions in budget whilst improving service quality and performance.

Before leaving Thomson Reuters, Tony drove the termination of an outsource contract with Fujitsu resulting in significant annualized savings to Thomson Reuters.

Tony left Thomson Reuters in 2011 and returned to consulting to drive a programme of service delivery improvements at the world’s largest FX Settlement provider, CLS. This included the creation of ITIL policies & procedures and the implementation of a service management system.

Spare time

In his spare time, Tony runs an FA-affiliated Church County Football League and is also manager and treasurer of one of the league’s football teams. He enjoys playing golf and participating in charity bike rides.

To arrange an interview with Tony Irving, or any other members of the CloudTalent management team, please contact Lisa Malyon or Harry Middleton at cloudtalent@sensecommunications.co.uk or call the press office on 0203 551 3954

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