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Ascender announces Andrew Wilson as new CEO

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26 July 2018: Ascender is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Wilson as its new CEO, effective 26 July 2018.

With a recent re-organisation to unify Ascender’s business unit structures more closely around our customers and a continuation on best-of-class delivery, the Board and former CEO, Marjukka Maki-Hokkonen, have agreed now is the right time for her to step down from her position and appoint Andrew Wilson as her successor immediately.

Marjukka has been instrumental in shaping the new organisational structure and worked closely with Andrew in building the important foundations for growth. Andrew has been a key member of Ascender’s executive leadership team since 2017. As Head of Strategy, Andrew has played a key role in many important initiatives. In particular, he has been fundamental in helping to transform customer satisfaction levels and enhance the overall customer experience.

Announcing Andrew’s appointment, Ascender Chairman Andrew Gray said “Andrew is an exceptional leader. His track record in strategic planning and innovation is very strong. He was chosen in close consultation with the Board and Marjukka for his collaborative leadership style and for building high-performance structures.”

Reflecting on his appointment, Andrew Wilson said, “I am honoured and excited to have been selected to lead Ascender’s next exciting chapter which will see the business and its employees aligning even closer to our customers.

“We have a great culture, a diverse range of talents and a clear growth strategy. Building further on our foundation is a challenge I accept with confidence, determination and belief in the business. I am passionately committed to placing our customers at the absolute centre of everything we do.

“Filling the shoes of Marjukka will be no easy feat. Her support, and that of the Board and my colleagues, has helped me tremendously and I would like to thank them. Ascender is in a good shape to build upon our base, to extend our capabilities in Payroll and HCM solutions delivery in the Asia Pacific. This reorganisation will serve to accelerate our broader capabilities to help our customers solve increasingly complex challenges in a fast changing Payroll landscape.” he concluded.

Andrew is an active member of the Board of ReachOut Australia, Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents, and lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

About Ascender: With more than 1.3 million employees of our customers being paid using Ascender’s HR/payroll platforms throughout the Asia Pacific region, approximately 1,400 global brands and listed companies across a range of different industries trust us to meet their payroll needs. We service these customers through 800 dedicated Ascender staff based in 10 countries, who have local payroll knowledge and expertise across 7 languages, providing payroll solutions to 31 country legislations. Ascender offers payroll outsourcing and cloud-based enterprise integration for businesses seeking to incorporate streamlined payrun capabilities across multi-countries through leading technology and innovative processes. For more information, visit

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