Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Part of a leading international manufacturing group, this UK subsidiary distributes a wide range of speciality B2B solutions to customers across various vertical markets. The company, which has an established local presence, was seeking a CEO to lead the UK business following the planned retirement of the former incumbent.

The emphasis of the role, which reports into Switzerland, was on leading the team in the development and implementation of a clear commercial strategy, building demand via a wide and varied customer portfolio whilst managing relationships across manufacturing operations in Europe and the US to ensure the timely availability of goods. Therefore, the brief was to find candidates with relevant sector knowledge and the ability to lead the business to deliver profitable growth through new and existing customers/markets/products.

The search focused on the identification of GMs/MDs in similar businesses along with strong commercial leaders in bigger environments with the ambition and credibility to make a step up. This led to a varied shortlist including candidates with a proven track record at this level and others with strong commercial credentials and clear ongoing potential. Ultimately, the business appointed a highly successful senior commercial manager from a major competitor with the headroom and drive to move into a bigger, broader role offering increased levels of autonomy.

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