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Annette Court, non-executive director at Workshare

Annette Court, non-executive director at Workshare

File collaboration and storage provider Workshare announced Monday that the company has appointed former CEO of RBS Insurance Annett Court to the board as a non-executive director in a bid to provide new strategic direction supporting the company’s global growth.

Court, who also sits on the boards of Admiral Group, JLT Group and Foxtons, has spent most of her career working in insurance and the financial sector. She was most recently chief executive officer of Europe General Insurance for Zurich Financial Services where she led global expansion efforts, and before that held the post of chief executive officer of RBS Insurance (now Direct Line Group).

“As professionals rely more on mobile devices in a globalized workplace, Workshare is in a strong position to emerge as a pivotal player in the enterprise file sharing and collaboration application market, by allowing people to work how and where they want, securely,” Court said.

“The company has a strong and experienced management team and has all the right ingredients to become the go-to application for users who want the ease-of-use of consumer-grade file sharing offerings, but have a fundamental requirement for security,” she added.

Workshare chief executive officer Anthony Foy said Court’s strong commercial background and diverse experience with a range of different businesses would help support the company’s strategic goals moving forward.

Workshare said Court’s main areas of expertise are business transformation and expansion, two elements of its business strategy the company may need to address as it continues to trail other enterprise-focused collaboration and file sharing platforms despite its acquisition by rapidly-expanding UK start-up Skydox last September (at that time, Workshare had 18,000 customers).

Workshare, which was founded in 1999, now claims 1.8 million customers globally. But competitors like Dropbox (founded in 2007) and Box (founded in 2005) claim 200 and 20 million users respectively,  and are quickly moving to build more collaboration-focused features into their cloud storage and file sharing offerings in a bid to keep users within their respective ecosystems.