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Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA) has appointed Andy Warren as head of channel for kitchen showrooms. Formerly sales and marketing director at Sharp Home Appliances, GDHA said Warren brings with him a “wealth of experience”, including eight years at Sharp consumer electronics and 16 years at Sony. He will be responsible for managing a team of regional sales managers and driving GDHA’s growth in the kitchen specialist sector in the UK, focusing on increasing displays of GDHA’s Stoves, Belling and Britannia range cookers. GDHA managing director Mark Davison said: “We believe Andy has the skills, contacts and drive to help us build the profi le of our brands among this important sector. Andy and his team will be building a compelling offer for kitchen specialists.”

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



A former senior executive at Swedish home improvement retailer Clas Ohlson has been appointed as Ikea’s new country manager for the UK and Ireland. Peter Jelkeby, who previously worked for Ikea in a number of different senior roles, will replace Javier Quiñones, who left the company at the end of March to head up Ikea’s retail operations in the USA. “Peter will continue to strengthen Ikea’s position as the number- one home furnishing retailer in the UK and Ireland and will lead the ongoing transformation of the Ikea business at a challenging time for the retail industry,” the fi rm said. Jelkeby said he was “delighted” to return to Ikea as the business undergoes a major transformation from a big-box out-of-town shed to a more customer- centric approach.


Internet bathroom retailer Plumbworld has appointed a non-executive chairman months after one of its founders took back control of the fi rm in a management buyout (MBO). Alun Hall, an experienced chief executive and managing director who is currently the non-executive chairman for Leeds-based shower tray business Just Trays, said: “It is a great time to be joining the Plumbworld team. Three months after their MBO from Grafton and they have already increased sales by 56% year on year and signifi cantly grown margins. The management team is highly motivated and I look forward to working with them.” James Hickman, founder and chief executive of Online Home Retail, which trades as Plumbworld, said Hall brought “a proven track record of organic and acquisitive growth” to the business.


Kohler Mira, has appointed company veteran Craig Baker as its new managing director. It follows the sudden departure of Liz Hazeldene, who had been in the post for fi ve years. Baker was most recently Hazeldene’s deputy and has held a number of positions in his 20-year career with Kohler Mira, including new product development director and marketing director. Baker said: “These are exciting times for Kohler Mira. I am delighted to lead our talented team as we take on the challenges ahead and continue to ensure that we maintain our market-leading position.” Daniel Brohn, president, global faucets, at Kohler Co, said: “I have no doubt Craig is the right person to lead and inspire the team at Kohler Mira. This business has some strong strategic plans in place, and I know Craig will ensure the team continue to drive and execute our plans.”



Blanco UK has promoted Gary Nolan (pictured left) from sales executive to regional sales manager. Nolan has worked for Blanco for seven years. He will be responsible for developing effective sales strategies and focusing on customer satisfaction within the Kent and Essex areas. He said: “I have loved working for Blanco and am excited for the new challenges and responsibilities that being regional sales manager will bring.” Meanwhile, Matthew Clatworthy has been appointed sales executive for the Oxford, Reading, Slough, Swindon, Stoke and Telford areas. He joins with plenty of experience in the kitchen industry, having worked as a showroom manager at Buildbase for 14 years. Said Clatworthy: “The new opportunity is exciting and I hope to add valued support to the sales team.”


Industry veteran Ray Isted has joined Acres Consultancy as a training, marketing and recruitment consultant. Principal director Simon Acres said he is “thrilled” to have Isted on the team. “He has a fi rst- class reputation for enthusiastic and experienced training and will be a great asset to our business as we continue to service a growing, diverse and high-profi le client base.” Isted has previously held senior positions at Whirlpool. Isted said: “I am delighted to be joining such a progressive and professional consultancy. I am looking forward to the exciting opportunities ahead.” Acres Consultancy has also recruited Luke Compton as a social media apprentice. He will support head of creative, Kordian Pach, to service a growing client base for the marketing, social media, website development and video production services the company offers.

kbbreview · June 2019

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