Voly Group, the parent company of UK-headquartered Voly Music, has appointed Christian Berthelsen, CTO and part of the founding team of Fourth, as a Non-Executive Director.
According to Voly, Berthelsen has an “impressive track record of growth” in SaaS companies, having taken Fourth from an SME in 2003 to a prominent hospitality software company with over 1,000 employees.
Described by Voly as a “software innovator” and businessman, Berthelsen developed web applications and inventory control solutions at FnBshop.com, a private SaaS company he co-founded and sold to Fourth in 2003.
With over 25 years of software engineering and management experience, Berthelsen oversees product roadmap, development, and infrastructure of all software.
Voly Group’s subsidiary Voly Music launched into the music industry in 2021, offering its clients a specialist financial management platform, with integrated Prepaid Mastercard and FX Payment features.
The company works with artist management companies, live music promoters, tour managers, business managers among other stakeholders, and sectors of the industry.
Voly says that the financial management platform has been “well received” by the music industry, “with many global artists and their business managers using the platform to track their tour expenditure. Along with promoters using Voly to automate their nightly reconciliations.
Voly also says that Voly Music’s “growth drive” in the US market is at the “forefront” of its plans, as is the automated integrations into other finance proprietary system which will allow data from Voly Music to be fed into the likes of Xero and QuickBooks for example.
In addition to Voly Music, Voly Group is also the parent company of financial management software and card payment provider Voly Yachting, which has seen success in the yachting sector since its launch in 2016.
Recently, Voly Group acquired Pinpoint works, another software company that provides interactive worklist management solutions in the marine and hospitality sector.
In October 2022, Voly Group hired Henry Featherstone as its first Head Of Treasury Sales.
Commenting on joining the Voly Board, Christian Berthelsen Co-Founder and CTO at Fourth, said: “I’ve been impressed with the growth and expansion that Ian and his team at Voly Group have achieved over the last couple of years.
“I’ve been impressed with the growth and expansion that Ian and his team at Voly Group have achieved over the last couple of years.”
Added Berthelsen: “Voly is uniquely placed to become the de-facto standard in its industry. I hope that I can lend my expertise and advice to the team at Voly as they take on the next stage of their growth.
“The next two years are going to be huge for Voly Group’s umbrella of companies, having Christian’s expertise to advise us through this growth drive will be invaluable.”
Ian Flanagan, Voly
Voly Group Founder & CEO Ian Flanagan said: “I have a huge amount of respect for Christian, his track record in the SaaS and hospitality industry is remarkable.
“We met through mutual business friends and have been discussing over a number of months how we can work together.
“The next two years are going to be huge for Voly Group’s umbrella of companies, having Christian’s expertise to advise us through this growth drive will be invaluable. We have big plans and we are not slowing down any time soon, our ambitions just keep growing.”Music Business Worldwide