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Sagittarius Announces Future Growth Strategy with C-Suite Shift.
Following a year of exponential growth, increased team size and the agency breaking into new and emerging markets, this month Sagittarius welcomed the newest appointment to its C-Suite team with Kingsley Hibbert joining its agency board as Chief Technical Officer.
Kingsley’s appointment brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the technical arena as well as a focus on innovation to the agency at a time of rapid growth and expansion.
Kingsley joins Sagittarius following a raft of recent appointments in senior Sitecore focussed technical roles at brands such as PRS and Epsilon.
This appointment is just one strategic move in a program of changes that have been in play for almost 2 years as the agency has evolved into a global digital powerhouse following several significant hires.
The appointment of Kingsley to the c-suite team will see the agency restructure the pillars of delivery, engineering and experience into a strong offering supported by an exceptional Senior Leadership team that will give Sagittarius a refined focus as they build an agency for the future.
The senior management team has also expanded with Emma Nijjar stepping up to be Acting Head of Client Services, Sarah Dennis' role expanding to Head of Marketing and Communications for the agency and Natalie Waite, promoted to Head of Sitecore Optimisation Consultancy, helping our client's marketing teams get the most from the Sitecore platform through training, strategy and implementation consultancy, whilst Claire Battle and Jan Shaw continue as Global Head of Talent and Head of Finance, respectively.
Nick Towers, Joint CEO at Sagittarius commented “Following another remarkable year at Sagittarius, a year that saw revenues grow by another 7 figures and the team double in size globally, we're really excited to be further strengthening our senior team through a combination of internal promotions and by bringing in experienced digital leaders, such as Kingsley.
“As one of the largest independent Sitecore specialist agencies in the UK, and having entered into both the US and Middle East markets in the past 12 months, our new senior team and structure allows us to continue on our mission to be one of the best Sitecore specialist agencies in the world, combining data, strategy, world-class engineering and experience optimisation services so that our clients can continue to delight their customers.''
Watch this space for future news on the agencies growth story!
Today award-winning digital experience agency Sagittarius is proud to have been certified to ISO 27001 Information Security Management systems standard by business improvement company, BSI.
Leading brands demand first-class information security from their agency partners and the only real proof of this is achieving the ISO / IEC 27001 Certification. If you’re in sectors such as Financial Services, Healthcare, or even working with Government and Third Sector you’ll know that regulation and compliance are essential throughout your supply chain and that the top priority is guarding information and data.
Nick Towers, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Sagittarius said “We wanted to ensure that brands can come to us in the knowledge that we take data security, data protection and privacy very seriously. Our mantra is ‘remarkable’ and this applies to not just what we do but how we do it and ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised best practice framework for this. To achieve this in six months’ pay testimony to the hard work and commitment to security and privacy that prevails at Sagittarius and I’m very proud of the whole team who have made it their mission to exceed the high standards needed.”
Sagittarius wanted to meet the very highest standard and so decided to work with BSI whose mission is to ‘share knowledge, innovation and best practice to help people and organizations make excellence a habit’.
Achieving ISO 27001 certification clearly demonstrates that the Information Security Management System at Sagittarius meets international best practice and demonstrates to our customers and partners that we handle information securely throughout the business.
The agency accepted that by embracing the implementation process they were actively encouraging their team to delve into internal processes and rather than accepting these as ‘the norm’, firstly making sure they were all documented sufficiently. Then as part of that process, they challenged and questioned each process to pressure test validity and innovate and improve where necessary. BSI then rigorously audited Sagittarius’ policies, processes, and approach to data security. Through the audit stages, BSI shared opportunities for improvement and have helped refine the Sagittarius InfoSec roadmap.
Data is the most valuable asset any business can have and to achieve peak performance through a truly connected strategy and digital experience it’s imperative that data and information is shared with the agency partner. Trust plays a pivotal role and assurances of confidentiality can only be achieved through an ISO 27001 accredited organisation.
Initiatives like the GDPR have raised the bar on compliance and the associated fines for having gaps in governance leading to breaches are significant. At Sagittarius we operate a single source of truth using tools and systems such as Confluence and Jira to provide documentation quickly and accurately and this was complimented by the auditors.
Nick goes on to say “We are delighted to create even more value for our clients and prioritise the things that matter to them and their customers. This ISO 27001 certification bolsters our class leading NPS score of 85 adding deeper quality to our services. It sets us apart from other agencies when brands are looking for a partner with deeper credentials. We wanted to take the next step and ensure that Information Security became baked into everyday processes and the way we function as a business. We set an ambitious timeline of achieving the ISO 27001 certification and to meet the highest possible standards through independent auditing and we’ve nailed it. We pride ourselves on ensuring the data of our clients, team and partners are handled in the most responsible manner.”
Gigi Robinson, Regional Product Manager – Information Security & Business Continuity, said: "Protecting information is becoming increasingly difficult for organizations. Achieving ISO 27001 demonstrates Sagittarius' commitment and proactive approach in ensuring their information management processes are robust, secure and resilient for the future. We are thrilled to have supported Sagittarius in achieving this certification which demonstrates to customers and suppliers an ability to handle information securely."
ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized best practice framework for an information security management system (ISMS). Sagittarius has designed a set of adequate and proportionate security controls within the ISMS to help protect our internal and our clients’ information against cyber-attacks. We have used the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the NIS Regulation as part of our framework.
Naomi joined Sagittarius in January 2021 to deliver exceptional external brand experiences, engaging internal communications and to assist with the driving of sales and the developing of relationships with key strategic suppliers.