Jun Sochi appointed as APAC Chief Strategy Officer and Cluster Managing Director

Wherever Jun Sochi is in the world, he’s constantly driven by a desire to contribute to and help build his local community.

OCS’s newly appointed Chief Strategy Officer and Sub Region Managing Director for Asia Pacific and the Middle East grew up in New York, and has lived for the past 15 years in Asia – primarily in Singapore – and his belief in the importance of community has been a constant.

“I’ve always believed that, wherever you’re living, you’ve got to do more than just live your own life,” he explains.

“Yes, you go to work, you have your friends and your social activities, but I believe you should make a meaningful contribution back to the community in which you live.”

On many weekends in Singapore, you’ll find Jun and his wife Jo volunteering in aged care facilities, hospices, mental health wards and with children who have autism – with their dog Topper, as part of a therapy dog organisation, Therapy Dogs Singapore.

“The nurses always comment afterwards about how different the mood and behaviour of the residents are
after they’ve interacted with the dogs and the volunteers.”

“It’s fascinating because it exposes me to a wider, broader part of Singapore. It gives me a much more well-rounded view and appreciation for the community that I live in, and I just try to give something back, and have a positive impact on the community.”

Creating communities from the ground up.

When he’s back home in New York – to which he returns to spend time twice a year – Jun volunteers with a local nature conservation group, clearing trails in the woods or cleaning waterfront areas. As a keen sailor, he also volunteers his time to teach people how to sail. While living in New York City, he also volunteered on the board of a music school that builds an appreciation of music for preschool-aged children.

But this desire and drive to build better communities isn’t something that’s an ‘out of hours’ passion for Jun. Over the past 35 years, Jun has held a number of leadership positions in companies that have been focused on creating the infrastructure to build, develop and maintain the facilities that
support communities.

Having initially studied architecture, he spent 17 years at Johnson Controls, a building automation company, and, more recently, spent over a decade in commercial real estate at Cushman & Wakefield, where he was Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific.

“After studying architecture, I wanted to work in real estate development and especially renovation and adaptive reuse projects,” says Jun.

“Deep down, I love being out in the field, on a construction site, with my boots on, trudging through mud, walking through buildings that are being completely renovated and repurposed.”

“Of course, to do that, it requires the coordination of a lot of different people and teams, and you’ve got to make sure all of the pieces come together.”

Harnessing that ability to bring people together to achieve a positive outcome for customers and communities has been a driving force throughout his career.

A new chapter at OCS.

It was this ability to help communities thrive that played a major role in attracting Jun to OCS, with its focus on making people and places the best they can be.

“What attracted me to the company was the opportunity to make a real impact on people’s lives,” he says.

“We have around 75,000 employees here in Asia, and around 95% of them are frontline workers – cleaners, security guards, technicians, landscapers, catering teams and many, many more.

“We have the opportunity to provide people with secure and safe work environments that will pay them consistently on time at a proper wage and offer them proper benefits.

“This helps create a sense of dignity, and not only impacts their lives but the lives of their family and their community, too.”

Looking forward, Jun’s enthused by the challenge of building the OCS brand throughout Asia, and the impact the business can make.

“It’s important to not lose sight of where we’re starting from, but we have a good foundation to build upon.” he says.

“From there, we can contribute to our own sustainability goals, and help our customers meet the ESG commitments they’ve made.”

All of which, of course, combine to enable people and places to be their very, very best.

Nick Ackroyd re-joins OCS as Divisional Sales Director for Cleaning

We are delighted to announce that Nick Ackroyd has recently re-joined OCS as our Divisional Sales Director for Cleaning.

Nick brings a wealth of experience and expertise in facilities services, spanning Aviation, Cleaning, Security, and Facilities Management. With a career that includes significant roles at ABM UK, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and previous positions here at OCS, Nick’s extensive background makes him a valuable asset to our team.

“We are pleased to welcome Nick back to OCS. His depth of industry knowledge, commitment to excellence, and past contributions to our organisation make him an exceptional fit for our new vision and mission.”

Andrew Sugars

Chief Commercial Officer

Nick’s return to OCS comes at a pivotal time for our company. As we have recently merged and established a new vision, mission, and a set of core values, Nick’s experience and industry knowledge will be invaluable in helping us navigate this exciting phase.

Leading international facilities service provider OCS appoints Gary MaGaghey as Group Chief Financial Officer

OCS, a leading global facilities service provider, is delighted to announce the appointment of Gary McGaghey as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Gary brings a wealth of experience and expertise to OCS, having successfully built market-leading finance teams for private and publicly listed companies. His appointment – which follows the successful merger of OCS Group with Atalian’s UK, Ireland, and Asia operations in March 2023 – comes at an important time for the group, representing another significant step towards OCS realising its mission of becoming one of the world’s best international facilities service providers.

As the Group CFO, Gary will work alongside OCS’ Group Chief Executive Officer, Rob Legge and the group’s supportive investors, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, to deliver an ambitious organic and acquisitive growth agenda.

Gary has over 30 years of experience leading finance teams across the FMCG, Beverage, Pharma and Digital Marketing industries. He joins OCS from Williams Lea Tag, where he was Group CFO and successfully delivered an ambitious international M&A strategy under a private equity ownership structure similar to that of OCS.

On top of his expertise and track record, a key factor in Gary’s appointment was his alignment with OCS’ culture and values. OCS is committed to supporting businesses and wider society by improving people’s lives at the most fundamental levels.

Rob Legge, Global CEO of OCS, commented: “I’m delighted to welcome Gary to the OCS team at such a pivotal stage of our growth journey. Gary’s impressive background and extensive experience in building market-leading finance teams make him such a valuable asset for us as we strive to achieve our ambitious growth targets and deliver on our ambition of being the best for our people and the places we serve.

“Our people are at the heart of our business, and our success will depend on a leadership team whose stewardship reflects this ethos. Gary’s alignment with our values and his impressive financial expertise makes him a perfect fit for OCS. We are delighted to have him on board!”

Gary McGaghey, Group CFO of OCS, commented: “I’m very excited to be joining Rob and the rest of the team at OCS at this pivotal time for the group. It has always been clear to me that a business’s success lies in its employees’ collective effort and working together. I’m only at the start of my journey with OCS, but I’m very encouraged to see how our 100,000+ colleagues are at the heart of our customer success.

“The facilities services industry plays an often underappreciated, but critical, role in keeping businesses operating, people safe, and entire communities running. I’m hoping that my previous involvement in delivering growth across a range of industries which OCS serves will help us achieve our ambitions.”