Vertical Systems has appointed Chris North as its new managing director.

From March 29 he will replace current managing director Rob Barker, who leaves the business for personal, family reasons.

North is currently sales and marketing director of The Vertical Travel Group’s tour operating division Instant Holidays and has spent 20 years within the group.

He said he welcomes the opportunity to maximise his skills in the travel technology division.

“Having worked closely with Vertical Systems on the technology provisions for the holiday division, I am looking forward to implementing new ideas to ensure our technology remains fresh and innovative,” he said.

“We will continue to support our trade partners and encourage new businesses to sample our new products and services.”

Group chief executive Peter Healey added: “Chris has always been a tremendous asset to the business and brings a wealth of experience; he is already familiar with the staff and many of our customers, so I know he will have no problem in integrating his knowledge and ideas into Vertical Systems.”