Owlett-Jaton is expanding its sales team with a trio of new managerial roles as the company closes out its 75th anniversary year.
The current Area Sales Manager, Julian Jennings, will be promoted to the new role of National Accounts Manager, effective from 1 January 2023. Julian will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the National Builders’ Merchants Accounts, managing product listings, pricing, promotions, merchandising requirements and orders.
These accounts are currently managed by Andy Connor, National Commercial Manager. Andy has decided that after over 33 years with the business that he plans to retire in Spring 2023.
The second appointment sees Neil Kitching, currently Area Sales Manager, promoted to the new role of Field Sales Manager, also effective from 1 January 2023. Neil will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Field Sales resource to ensure that all channels, including National Accounts are appropriately supported. This role will be a further increase to the Field Sales team and will allow Tony Williams to engage strategically with the National Accounts which will now fall under his responsibility.
Finally, the business is creating an additional new role of Merchant Channel Manager, a role which will be focused on engagement with buying groups across the builders’ merchant, electrical wholesale, and plumbing merchant channels. Matt Taylor will be joining Owlett-Jaton on 1 December 2022 to undertake this position and brings a wealth of relevant experience in this area.
Tony Williams, Sales Director comments: “We would like to wish Andy a long, happy, and healthy retirement and thank him for his commitment and dedication to the business. I would like to congratulate Julian and Neil on their new roles. In what has been a landmark year for us, it’s great to see us ending the year on such a positive note. Finally, I would like to welcome Matt to the team. His wealth of experience and knowledge in the merchant channels will be instrumental in driving growth for 2023”.