Piers Linney joins Dragons' Den

Internet entrepreneur Piers Linney, who is joint CEO of cloud computing firm Outsourcery, has joined 'Dragons' Den' replacing former star Theo Paphitis

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Piers Linney

Piers Linney

Piers Linney has joined 'Dragons' Den'.

The internet entrepreneur - who specialises in cloud services and is joint CEO of computing company Outsourcery - will replace Theo Paphitis on the new series of the hit BBC Two show, joining fellow new Dragon Kelly Hoppen.

Piers said he was "excited" to join the show, which is now in its 11th series, saying his appearance on the panel will "widen the appeal of the Den to information economy entrepreneurs".

He added: "They are key to the future success of the UK economy."

'Dragon's Den' executive producer Ceri Aston added to BBC News: "Piers is a new breed of dragon. A young and dynamic digital entrepreneur, he has his finger on the pulse of an industry that has never been represented in the Den before."

Piers - whose company boasts an annual turnover of £60 million - has previously been featured on an episode of Channel 4's hit business-based series, 'Secret Millionaire'.

The newcomer will join interior design guru Kelly as well as long-time stars, Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden in the Den.

Theo announced his departure from the show earlier this year after nine years, while Hilary Devey left after two years to front her own Channel 4 show.

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