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NEWS | People People


BATHROOM BRANDS STEVE MONTAGUE AND BRETT WRAIGHT


Bathroom Brands has appointed Steve Montague and Brett Wraight to its sales team. Montague (left) has over a decade of experience within the industry working for Bathstore. He is said to be well positioned to join the Bathroom Brands sales team. Wraight started his career at The Majestic Shower Company and its sister company Mistley Bathroom Glass. He said: “I aim to add to this team to exceed the expectations of our customers and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”


Here’s a look at this month’s KBB appointments


Turn the page for


COMMENT & OPINION


Paul Crow


The Ripples MD shares his thoughts on ways he plans to improve his business over the coming year pg 22


LUNDHS REAL STONE BEN AYLING


Lundhs Real Stone has appointed Ben Ayling as business development manager for the UK. Ayling has more than 10 years of experience in the surfaces market and has worked within the sales of natural stone and artificial materials to both the private and commercial sector. Lundhs busi- ness development director, Marius Withbro-Svendsen, said: “For the past five years, Lundhs has increased its distribution network in the UK. We are delighted to have Ben Ayling on board to help us grow the business and strengthen our position in the market.”


CAESARSTONE DELARA ETEMADI


Caesarstone has appointed Delara Etemadi as a new sales manager for London. She has extensive account management experience and has joined Caesarstone’s UK sales force as part of the team’s ongoing expansion. Etemadi will be responsible for growing the brand’s footprint in west and south London. Amir Reske, managing director for Caesarstone UK, said: “We have made a significant number of sales team appointments this year, as well as opening our new Manchester distribution centre and showroom.”


Sharan Johal “The final decision is often made by the female – because she can actually make a decision!” pg 24


Malcolm Scott


“Independent kitchen studios had a good year in 2019, with the KBSA recruiting 10 new members” pg 27


CR LAURENCE ANNETTE GODFREY


Annette Godfrey has been appointed by CR Laurence as European marketing manager. Godfrey has nearly 20 years


of B2B marketing


experience and has worked in a wide variety of industries including flooring adhesives, automotive and clothing for both trade and consumer markets. Simon Boocock, managing director of CRL Europe, said: “Annette brings a breadth of experience to the European marketing manager position and is therefore well placed to take the CRL Stone brand.” She will be based at the company’s HQ near Manchester.


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AMDEA PAUL HIDE


The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (Amdea) has appointed Paul Hide as chief executive as Douglas Herbison has retired after 13 years in the position. Hide was director of marketing and membership at techUK before taking up this role. He has had other positions within the industry over his 20-year career, including UK managing director and before that vice-president of European operations at Sharp Electronics. He also held senior sales and marketing roles at Sony UK and is a trustee of the Electrical Safety Board.


HANSGROHE JAY WILTSHIRE AND DAN JONES


The Hansgrohe group has made two new appointments to its sales team. Jay Wiltshire (pictured left) is area sales manager for the newly-created sales


territory just outside of


Oxfordshire, and Dan Jones will be technical sales manager for the Midlands area. Wiltshire joins Hans- grohe from Bathroom Brands. Jones joins the group as technical sales manager. He spent 12 years serving the British Army in the Royal Engineers. After that, he went on to manage training for the Bristan group.


Mark Stephenson “Businesses need to find ways to engage more meaningfully with consumers at multiple levels” pg 30


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kbbreview · January 2020


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