Scotland business

Ex-minister Jim Mather joins web firm Bloxx

Jim Mather
Image caption Mr Mather served as enterprise minister for four years

Former Scottish enterprise minister Jim Mather has taken up his first boardroom role since leaving Holyrood earlier this year.

Mr Mather, 64, has been appointed non-executive director of web and e-mail content filtering company Bloxx.

He will provide strategic guidance and represent the interests of shareholders and lead investor Archangels.

Mr Mather served as an SNP MSP from 2003, and was appointed Minister for Enterprise, Energy & Tourism in 2007.

He stepped down from frontline politics at the Scottish election in May 2011.

He started his career as a chartered accountant, before moving into industry and various IT sales and marketing roles with IBM.

He later helped build up Computers for Business, a Scottish-based reseller of leading computer brands.

Bloxx, which was established in 1999, has offices in Livingston as well as the US, The Netherlands and Australia.

'Ambitious firm'

Mr Mather said: "Bloxx is an ambitious Scottish and US-based company that has developed unique technology which has enabled them to gain a strong foothold in the IT security market currently worth $15bn annually.

"It is an extremely interesting time to be joining the board of Bloxx and I'm looking forward to working with the senior management team to drive forward the company's ambition to increase its UK market share and support the significant inroads it is already making in North America and Europe."

Archangels chief executive John Waddell commented: "A key part of our approach to growing successful companies is to find domain experts who can truly add value to act as non-executive directors.

"Jim is an excellent fit and we look forward to working with him in his new role."

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