Who is Piers Linney, latest to join BBC2's Dragons' Den?

Cloud computing expert announced as the fifth member of the business show panel

LAST UPDATED AT 12:37 ON Mon 11 Mar 2013

BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS take note: Piers Linney has been announced as the fifth member of the Dragons' Den panel, replacing Theo Paphitis.

Linney will join fellow new Dragon, interior designer Kelly Hoppen, as well as Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden for series 11 of the hit business show, which will be on our screens later this year.

The businessman is the co-CEO of award-winning cloud computing company Outsourcery, which employs 150 people. He previously appeared in Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire, where he worked with young offenders.

Linney began his career as a solicitor before moving into finance, working for banking giants Credit Suisse as a senior associate and then starting his own business in 2000. Recently the entrepreneur was named as one of the country's 100 most influential black Britons in the 2013 Power List.

He told the BBC he was excited to join the show and wanted to support wannabe entrepreneurs both financially and through his personal network, adding: "I also think I can widen the appeal of the Den to information economy entrepreneurs as they are key to the future success of the UK economy."

The show's executive producer, Ceri Aston, promised Linney would be a "new breed of Dragon". "He has his finger on the pulse of an industry that has never been represented in the Den before," she said. "He's at the helm of a business that he is successfully building and growing, so his story is an inspiring one for any entrepreneur looking for investment on the show." · 

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