British broadliner Exertis has unveiled some organisational changes to its European, UK and Ireland operations which position the companies to take advantage of opportunities to grow their business now and in the future.
Paul Bryan, Exertis UK, managing director will take on the added responsibility of the Irish business, supported by Rod McCarthy who becomes head of Ireland following John Dunne’s promotion to the new position of chief commercial officer, North America and Gerry O’Keeffe’s move to an international role responsible for expanding Exertis’ presence in existing and new territories, replicating the success already achieved in his previous position as managing director for the UK, Ireland and Middle East. McCarthy will report to Bryan with Dunne reporting to O’Keeffe. Both Bryan and O’Keeffe report to Tim Griffin, DCC Technology and Exertis Group managing director.
The European and ME country managing directors and the CEOs of Jam Industries and Stampede (N.America, Latin America, Asia Pacific) will also report to O’Keeffe along with the EMEA category heads for Pro AV Solutions and Consumer Solutions.
In the UK and Ireland, Richard Hinds has been appointed to the new role of chief operating officer with responsibility for the finance, purchasing, IT, logistics and customer services functions. Hinds was previously finance director for Exertis UK. In addition, Mike Buley has been appointed as managing director of Exertis’ consumer division. Buley has been instrumental in building the retail business at Exertis for more than a decade. Both report to Bryan.
Howard Ingleby has been appointed to the newly created position of programme director for the UK and Ireland, reporting to Richard Hinds. In this role, Ingleby will be responsible for managing change and delivery of key strategic and infrastructure projects as the business continues along its transformation path to meet the growing and evolving needs of a rapidly expanding organisation. Ingleby has worked in a variety of industry sectors, from insurance and engineering to plant hire, construction and management consultants, in change management and business transformation roles, most recently at Assurant and previously at British Engineering Services. He also spent six years as a programme director at Speedy Hire and a combined seven years with Deloitte and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Jamie Brothwell has been promoted to the newly created position of business development director. In addition, Al Coyne steps up to lead Exertis’ print division. Both roles report into Phil Brown, Exertis, sales and commercial director. Brothwell joined Exertis from Samsung Electronics and for the past four years has built a strong team with specialist expertise that has consistently enabled the print division to outgrow the market, expand its customer base and provide a compelling vendor portfolio. Prior to Exertis, Brothwell also spent more than ten years at Midwich. Coyne has successfully managed the Norfolk specialist print team and will now assume responsibility for the entire division. He also has extensive print industry experience having spent fifteen years at Midwich.
Finally, Chris Bale has been appointed to the newly created position of head of transformation, reporting to Gerry O’Keeffe, Exertis International, managing director. In this role, Bale will be responsible for leading operational and financial best practice across Exertis in Europe. Bale joins from the Coop where, as head of investment appraisal and transformation finance, he played a pivotal role in supporting the company with their largest transformation programmes. Prior to that, he worked for 11 years at Ernst and Young helping corporates, their owners and lenders to improve performance and liquidity.
“These changes to our organisation reflect our evolving business and our strategic ambitions to expand geographically, leverage our capabilities across our territories and ensure we serve more customers with the products, solutions and services that enable them to grow. I am confident that with the depth of experience and talent of our leadership team, we are in a great position to continue our successful transition into a service led, value-added distributor that provides specialist expertise and support for customers across a diverse range of technologies”, said Tim Griffin.