Leading international facilities service provider OCS appoints Gary McGaghey 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.”

Our first 100 days: An update from our Group CEO

It’s been 100 days since we set out on our journey to bring our two impressive teams together to form the new OCS, and I’m encouraged and excited at the progress made so far and the opportunities ahead for us. I am pleased to reflect on our progress so far and check in on our vision and mission towards becoming the best facilities services business in the world, making people and places the best they can be. As we develop our plan, the main areas of focus and prioritisation are investment, team collaboration, cultural integration, our responsibility towards ESG initiatives and the continuation of excellent service for our customers and end users.

Bringing our two previously family-owned businesses together closely will be the key to our success. We have enormous experience and expertise within our newly formed organisation, and we’re focused on bringing those teams closer together physically, technologically and above all, culturally. Part of our brand launch (later this year) will help to embed our TRUE Values throughout the organisation. Our values guide what we do, how we operate, how we interact and, importantly, how we show up and deliver each day. Trust, Respect, Unity and Empowerment (TRUE) are at the heart of OCS, and I’ve made it my mission to deliver that message at every opportunity.

You may have heard the term ESG. It’s a widely used term in business and stands for Environmental, Social and Governance. ESG is an accountability mechanism on which we are measured as a business. ESG covers every aspect of sustainability, from environmental to financial sustainability, all things people and community and how we, as a business, are aligning to global initiatives such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – as well as the governance of our organisation and how we ensure that we’re operating in a way that aligns to our values. Look out for further updates on our ESG strategy and progress which will include our Net Zero targets.

Investment in our organisation is vital, and we’re looking at all business areas to see where investment is needed and how that investment will help towards our vision and mission. Making people and places the best they can requires real effort in areas from training and development to innovation and technology – and you have my word that we’re committed to this being part of our ethos and an essential ingredient for our success.

Speaking of success, I’ve already witnessed much of this during the first 100 Days of our transformation, be that teams working together, contract awards, the continual progress of our Apprenticeship and Learning and Development schemes – or the positive feedback that we’ve received from a wide range of customers, which pleases me hugely. But we’re not always judged on our successes. More likely is that we’re judged on what we’ve not done well or where we could improve – and so I’d ask you all to continue the good work in bringing our teams together and doing all you can to help us come the best facilities services business in the world.

I want to thank everyone for their efforts so far, and for what we’ve achieved in such a short space of time. I look forward to updating you on further progress and key milestones of our exciting journey together.

Rob Legge, Group CEO