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GGP 12 December 2016

20 In Brief P E O P L E • Two new recruits have joined the sales management team at aluminium systems house, Exlabesa. Lyndsay Elliott is the new regional sales manager for the South East and Simon Dorney is the new regional sales manager for the North West. The team is headed up by national sales manager, Paul Benn, who commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Lyndsay and Simon to the team and further strengthening our focus on sales support and development.” Sponsorship continues • Window and door hardware specialist, Coastal Group, has appointed James Powell as technical sales manager. James joins Coastal having built a 15-year career in the construction industry, including roles with bi-fold manufacturer Slide N Fold and hardware manufacturer Winkhaus. James will spend much of his time developing relationships across the Coastal and blu customer base, providing technical advice and support. Steve’s the man in China Gavin Coster has been chosen to ‘step into some very big shoes’ as Geze UK’s area sales manager for the South West – taking on the role previously undertaken by ‘industry stalwart’, Peter Haywood, who is retiring after a 48-year career. Covering Devon and Cornwall, Avon and Somerset and parts of Wiltshire and Berkshire, Gavin will focus on manual door control systems, as well as the sale of automatic doors and window technology. Beginning his career as a heating, ventilation and air conditioning project engineer apprentice, Gavin went on to run his own print finishing business before returning to the industry. He latterly worked for Dorma for more than nine years, including a period running its Basingstoke branch. Gavin said: “I am delighted to be joining Geze UK which I have always admired as a manufacturer, they lead the way in the development of new products and technology and have a great reputation in the industry. “I am aware that I have some big shoes to fill and hope that I can continue the good work that Peter Haywood has been doing for many years by building strong relationships with our customers and helping Geze UK grow even further.” Kömmerling is now into year two of a three-year sponsorship agreement with German Bundesliga football club, Mainz 05, which has already made a ‘strong start’ to the season. As main sponsor, the Kömmerling logo is emblazoned on the front of the players’ shirts, exposing the brand to millions of viewers and thousands of fans in Europe. Following a high placed finish in last season’s Bundesliga, Mainz was rewarded with a place in the Europa League and a recent 3-2 away win at Azerbaijan Gabala FC has seen the club move to the top of its group after two games. There’s hope that the club progresses to the knock out stages and a tie with a British club. Kevin Warner, head of sales and marketing at Kömmerling in the UK commented: “We’re really getting behind Mainz 05 in the UK and also in other international markets, where football is prevalent as a popular sport. Our hope is that they progress to the knock out stages further exposing the Kömmerling brand and the opportunity for a match against British opposition.” • Ashley Chambers has joined Technal as account manager, covering Technal’s customers in the South. Ashley said: “My role comes with a lot of scope. Not just because Technal is part of the Sapa Group, but because it has established an unrivalled reputation for innovative and inspirational design solutions. I’m enjoying the customer interaction and meeting new people – and it’s fantastic to work with a company that has built up such an impressive portfolio of award-winning projects.” Mila customers are benefiting from the appointment of Steve Johnston as the first head of global sourcing for its parent company, Arran Isle. Based in the Ningbo region of China, right in the heart of Mila’s biggest manufacturing area, Steve is working with the company’s dedicated team there to ensure the consistent quality of all Mila products supplied into the UK. Steve is described as ‘an expert in his field’, having spent 15 years earlier in his career working directly for Mila in the Far East, and most recently having enjoyed a successful spell with merchant Travis Perkins. He has already been instrumental in the setting up of a new joint Quality Improvement Task Force across the Arran Isle group to share the vast amount of knowledge which exists about how the suppliers operate, with the aim of reducing the costs and incidence of non-compliance. Steve said of his new role: “Mila already has a very impressive quality performance set up here, built on the fact that it has 10 year partnerships in place with many of its suppliers. Moving forward, I’ll be looking at ways in which we can help those suppliers to perform even better and deliver the incremental improvements in quality which will make a difference to customers.” ‘Big shoes to fill’ for Gavin Gavin Coster (top) will take over from Peter Haywood (above) at Geze www.ggpmag.com December 2016


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