Paul Lees handing over the reins at Powwownow
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Paul Lees handing over the reins at Powwownow

21st October 2014
By Jacqui Beel

Jason Downes appointed as General Manager

Jason Downes, new GM at Powwownow

Paul Lees, Founder and CEO of the UK’s leading free conference call company, Powwownow, has today announced that he will be stepping down from his position as CEO to take up a consultancy role within the company.

Paul, who co-founded the company in 2004 after spotting a gap in the market for an affordable conference call service highly accessible to SMEs, has built the company up to the size it is today.

The company, which currently has a turnover of £13.1million, employs 65 staff and operates in 15 countries, will now be run by Jason Downes.  Jason, who was previously Managing Director of Staples UK, currently works internally as the Sales Director of Powwownow.

Jason has transformed the sales department since he joined Powwownow in June 2013 and will continue to push the company forward under the ownership of PGi, a global leader in collaboration and web meeting technology.

The takeover comes as the company works to penetrate more of Europe including the German and French markets in a bid to increase its yearly growth to 20%.

Paul Lees comments: “I am extremely proud of the company’s growth but now feel it’s time to hand over to new management and allow it to expand even further.

“Jason lives and breathes the company’s values and provides a great mix of external and internal experience. I know that I am leaving Powwownow in very capable hands.”

New General Manager Jason Downes said:

“Paul has done an incredible job building this company from scratch and I am hugely excited about leading Powwownow into the next exciting growth phase. We have a unique business model, some great people and wonderful customers and partners.

“With the introduction of iMeet, our new video conferencing tool that includes free screen sharing, we look forward to helping our customers improve their communications and getting things done quicker and more easily.”