Manchester’s award-winning, full service, eCommerce agency PushON, has appointed a new managing director to drive the company forward and help it achieve its ambitious growth plans in the New Year.

Sam Rutley, who has gained just over nine years at the business, has been promoted to head up the company and oversee its future expansion.

Rutley joined the business in 2008 as an account executive and quickly worked his way up to the development team to become digital director in 2012, impressing the team with his knowledge, experience and dedication.

He will take full operational control of the business and will be responsible for providing insight to help expand the digital services arm of PushON.

Rutley will have both the development and marketing teams reporting to him. He will also play a pivotal role in helping customers adapt to the latest Magento platform, which is the leading content management system for enterprise eCommerce businesses.

This appointment comes after former managing director, Simon Wharton, announced he is stepping down from the position at the end of the year, after leading the company for the past 11 years. He will be taking up the position of business strategy director.

Wharton will focus his time on developing the business’ long-term strategy to refine PushON’s service offering and expertise during 2018.

Rutley said: “I’ve been working with PushON since the very early stages of my career, and I’ve thoroughly loved every minute.

“The business prides itself on being at the forefront of technological development and strives to provide a comprehensive digital offering to eCommerce businesses.

“I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into my new role and helping progress the business by expanding the services we offer – 2018 is going to be an exciting year for myself and for PushON.”

Wharton said: “Since the day Sam joined our team, he has been a huge asset to the company. He is a gifted technologist with unrivalled business acumen and we know he is the right person to lead the company to even greater success.

“Looking forward to 2018, we have some ambitious plans to grow our offering and refine our business strategy to help us excel during the transition period that eCommerce is due to undergo.

“We look forward to seeing how Sam can help develop and grow our teams and improve our already fantastic customer service.”