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1st Touch Appoints Greg Johns As CEO As Robert Dent Leaves To Explore New Ventures


1st Touch (, the UK's leading developer of mobile systems for the social housing sector, has appointed Greg Johns as CEO. Johns, who previously headed the company's sales operation replaces Robert Dent who, having joined as MD in 2007, successfully guided the company through its acquisition by Aareon AG in July 2012. Whilst Dent leaves to follow other business interests and ventures he will still be involved with the company to offer his support.

In his new role, Greg Johns is keen to build on the company's market leading share and solid commercial performance. By launching an evolutionary strategy that combines new product developments with a brand refresh and an all new website, he sees the company as entering a new phase, noting; "Against a backdrop of significant expansion, it is an incredibly exciting time to take over at the helm of 1st Touch. This is a legacy that I am immensely proud of but don't take lightly.  Indeed in building upon our successes to date, I'm very aware of our on-going responsibility to our clients, staff and shareholders to continue the good work started by Robert Dent. We wish him every success in following his new interests.

"1st Touch is a tremendous success story and I look forward to building upon this success with a series of major product, and partnership developments.  These plans will strengthen our market-leading position, in the supply of mobile solutions for the social housing market and will deliver even more for our customers and other stakeholders. Looking further into the future, 1st Touch is also investing in a number of innovative new initiatives relating to the Internet of Things and other emerging technologies."

For his part, Robert Dent added; "In July 2012 when the business was sold to Aareon AG it was always the plan and my intention to step back from the business once there was a firm foundation to move forward. With the solid commercial performances we have achieved, coupled with our market leading position, I felt that it was time to explore some new avenues. So, in line with these plans I have resigned from the board of 1st Touch but will still be involved to offer my support. Greg has been instrumental in driving 1st Touch sales success to date and he will no doubt make an excellent CEO.   I wish him every success."


Note to Editors: About 1st Touch (
Southampton based 1st Touch, a subsidiary of Aareon AG (, has enabled dozens of field workforce-based organisations to embrace new mobile technologies and so achieve significant savings, greater productivity and more cost-effective use of resources. 1st Touch Mobile delivers clear and unique benefits: These include the system's acclaimed ‘Smart Airtime' feature where ‘airtime' is minimised and the system is always available with or without ‘airtime'. The system's flexibility through simple customer control over forms creation and amendment is also widely acclaimed. There is Integration to multiple back office and other enterprise software applications, so that data is entered only once.

With its widely acclaimed mobile technology, 1st Touch has a clear focus on the Social Housing and Local Government markets. Many social housing providers and local authorities, at large, now benefit from the fast and tangible, best of breed benefits that 1st Touch mobile technology delivers to the enterprise.

To date, over 50% of the social housing market, which has deployed mobile technology, has chosen to implement 1st Touch. In local government, 1st Touch has already been adopted for a wide range of mobile workforce uses. Ready to use applications for local authority organisations include: Public Buildings, Highways/Street Services, Environmental/Waste Management, Revenues and Benefits, together with Planning Control and Trading Standards.

1st Touch software is available on a wide variety of platforms including: Windows Mobile, Apple and Android.

For further information on 1st Touch please contact:
Sally Cops
1st Touch
02380 111206


Leigh Richards
The Right Image PR & Marketing Group
07758 372527