DALLAS – auticon, a company that employs adults on the autism spectrum as technology consultants, has announced it has appointed David Aspinall as Chief Executive Officer of its United States territory.
This key hire comes at a time when the global social benefit company is ramping up North American expansion, with new locations in Los Angeles, Toronto, Columbus, and Salt Lake City, the company said in a news release.
Aspinall comes to auticon with experience as an executive in a Fortune 10 brand at AT&T, where he spent nearly 12 years, including time leading the telecommunication giant’s Canadian operations. He also served as Regional President, South for Sprint in Texas. More recently, he worked as an operating executive with various private equity firms specializing in scaling businesses and revenue growth.
Aspinall has an MBA from Texas Christian University M.J. Neeley School of Business and has a BA with Honors from The University of Sheffield.
“David has an approach to growing businesses and scaling them for private equity that is highly relevant to our goals in the U.S. He shares our vision that social problems, such as low employment for workers on the autism spectrum, can be solved through applying the principles of business,” said auticon Group CEO Kurt Schöffer said.
The company said in a news release that there is a severe gap in skilled technology labor that can be met in part by tapping resources in the autistic community.
“Autistic adults experience extraordinarily high employment deficits, with research indicating 85% of autistic adults are unemployed or under-employed within the mainstream labor market, the news release said.
This is often despite having college degrees and relevant experience in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
auticon taps into this potential by employing autistic adults as technology consultants where they are supported with job coaches and project managers producing a win-win-win situation for clients, consultants, as well as society.
“auticon has a tremendous opportunity to provide quality IT resourcing that delivers social benefit for a growing client list in the U.S. The combination of remote and onsite capabilities allows for quality delivery of services in a manner that matches customer need,” Aspinall said in the news release. “The principles of ‘conscious capitalism’ allow us to be entrepreneurial and align around providing opportunity for adults on the autism spectrum.”
In February, auticon announced that it had received a capital investment of $2.95 million with a significant portion coming from new investors based out of the U.S. and France as well as significant commitments from existing shareholders.
auticon has international offices in Germany, United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, Italy,
Australia and throughout the United Kingdom. Investors include Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group Ltd., Felix and Susanne Porsche, Ananda Impact Ventures, Ferd AS, Yabeo Capital, and Ferst Capital Partners.
To learn more: www.auticon.us
– FWBP Staff