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Welcoming our new CEO

After a six-month search for the candidate who possessed the right mix of skills, vision, leadership and humility, Cucumber is excited to announce the appointment of their new CEO, Brian Bell. Brian started with Cucumber on 1 May 2018, and joins the organisation with a wealth of knowledge in helping customers solve complex problems using science and technology for many sectors within primary industries.

Brian is originally from the United States and has been in New Zealand for the last three years working with the MetService, most recently as GM of Products and Partnerships. He has been in several senior positions in the science and technology fields with a specialty in Meteorology, remote sensing, and environmental intelligence. Brian has been involved in the creation of solutions related to transforming environmental data into actionable information for people, communities, and enterprises.

Brian’s background in a range of emerging technologies will help Cucumber’s customers navigate their way through the fast changing digital technology landscape. He has helped many organisations solve problems whilst leveraging technologies like IoT, AI, ML, and smart sensing.

“Brian has a strategic vision and passion that is very closely aligned with Cucumber’s. These attributes along with Brian’s experience will be a huge asset to our organisation and will build on Cucumber’s solid foundation.” says Jodie Tipping Founder/Director and current Managing Director. “We believe Brian is the ideal person to help take Cucumber to the next level. He’s a strategic thinker and visionary leader, and has proven experience in building high performing teams which drive strong commercial growth. I’m delighted to have someone like him take over the reins.” adds Jodie.

Cucumber’s aim is to become a leading digital organisation globally that provides decision support and automation solutions to enhance productivity for partners and clients. Leveraging their 14+ years of experience in the digital world will be key when partnering with businesses to implement the right technology solution for their challenges.

Brian understands and supports Cucumber’s future direction, which is to be a preferred partner of extraordinary companies both here and globally. With the rest of the Cucumber team, he wants to create an organisation that is respected, adds societal and environmental value, and offers innovative products and solutions that customers benefit from. With this appointment, current Managing Director Jodie Tipping will be stepping back from day to day operations over the next couple of months, but will continue to support Brian as a Director of the company and will sit on Cucumber’s board.