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Ex-telecoms man heads Connexions.

A NEW chief executive has been appointed to run careers services in Birmingham and Solihull following the sudden death of the previous head.

John Ling has taken over as chief executive of Birmingham & Solihull Connexions Services with immediate effect.

The service, designed to provide teenagers with support and guidance in the region, has been without a chief executive since the death of Paul Verity on August 30.

Mr Ling, aged 44, was previously a director and independent chairman of the Connexions board for two and a half years but has resigned to become chief executive.

The role of independent chair will now be taken up by Neil Makin, external affairs director for Cadbury Schweppes.

Mr Ling, who has always lived in Birmingham, has 25 years' experience in the telecoms industry, working with companies such as BT, AT&T and Cable and Wireless.

He started his own consultancy business, Monkstone, two years' ago, providing interim support to boards and directors of companies.

He said of his appointment: "I am really pleased, though of course tinged with great sadness, to be now leading this organisation through its next phase. The foundations laid by Paul Verity with the Connexions team provides a very solid basis for the challenges ahead."

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Date:Oct 11, 2007
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