Visit for all finalists 

Winners revealed on 18 October 2019 

Manchester-based software company AppLearn has been shortlisted for the Young Director of the Year at the finals of the 2019 IoD Director of the Year Awards.  

Andrew Avanessian, COO, joined the fast-growing digital adoption experts in 2019 following his outstanding contribution to the growth journey at endpoint privilege management vendor Avecto 

Avanessian commented I’m a huge advocate of innovation in Manchester, so I am delighted to be representing the North West in the category of Young Director of the Year. I find myself in very strong company! We’re entering a massively exciting and important time at AppLearn as we take the company to the next level of expansion, and I am proud to lead the business forward.”  

Mark Barlow, CEO said “The award is testament to Andrew’s ongoing focus, not only to the success of Avecto to its point of acquisition last year, but more recently his significant and measurable impact at AppLearn. Andrew is an impressive individual with a very clear strategic plan that will catapult AppLearn’s future success. Myself and the team wish him all the best at the awards which recognize exceptional talent and leadership not only in our region, but nationally.” 

The finalists were chosen from the hundreds of directors that entered into one of the 11 heats across the UK, in 14 different categories.   

The expert judging panel will now convene to decide the overall winners to be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday 18 October 2019 at The Brewery. 

Charlotte ValeurChair of the Institute of Directors, said:  

“In this time of great change for business and society, enterprising and responsible leadership has never been more important. These are the qualities that Director of the Year Award finalists embody, and it is a privilege to be able to give these individuals the recognition they deserve. Congratulations to all of those who have made it to this stage, you provide us with confidence in the ongoing strength of the UK’s director community.” 

Visit for a full list of finalists and details on how to attend the event. 

Attended by business leaders, entrepreneurs, government and media representatives, the awards ceremony is a unique opportunity to network, exchange ideas and celebrate with some of the very ‘best of the best’ in British business. 

Article by

Daniel Gripton

Article by

Daniel Gripton