Manchester agency appoints first new MD in 18 years

Manchester digital marketing firm I-COM has announced the appointment of its first new managing director for 18 years.

Ravi Bhalla takes over the role this month from Mike Blackburn, who has been in post since 2006.

Bhalla himself is a founding member of the I-COM team and moves to the MD role from his previous position as technical director. In his new role Bhalla will be working closely with the agency’s management team, focusing on client success and growth and creating a strong business for all shareholders.

I-COM is a full-service digital marketing agency based in the heart of Manchester, specialising in all aspects of digital marketing and web design with a portfolio of clients across the UK. In 2019, after several successful years, I-COM transferred ownership of a majority shareholding in the agency to an Employee Ownership Trust.

Bhalla said: “Having worked with Mike for such an extended period of time it has been a pleasure to watch the business grow. It is to his huge credit that I-COM stands as one of the leading and longest-running full service agencies in the city. I am extremely proud to be taking on this role and feel that the business is in a position to go from strength to strength. I would like to thank Mike for his nearly two decades of service to I-COM and also to the wider team who allow us to continue to deliver the fantastic results that we achieve for our clients.”

Blackburn added: “As founder of the company Ravi is perfectly placed to lead the I-COM team to new heights. I have immensely enjoyed working with him over the last 18 years and I am excited to see where he leads the firm. His dedication and commitment to the company means that there is no doubt in my mind that he will be a resounding success.”

Blackburn remains a member of the board at I-COM as he begins to make the transition towards eventual retirement.

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