Redirack appoints managing director

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Storage system and mezzanine floor manufacturer Redirack has appointed Andrew Forsythe managing director, effective 1st November 2009.

He takes over from current MD Phil Culling who becomes chairman, while Jack Holden remains operations director.

Forsythe has been Redirack’s company secretary and commercial legal adviser since its acquisition by the current owners in 2004.

Culling said: “Having worked with Andrew for over eight years I am delighted that he has taken on this senior role. He will re-invigorate the business despite the current market difficulties and put in place an ambitious plan for the future.”

He added: Since completing the MBO over five years ago we have grown Redirack, introduced new products and forged partnerships with new technologies, all good stuff.

“But this meant we overlooked the needs of the business and particularly our people. Andrew will prove invaluable in assessing what needs to be done and concentrating on implementing new systems and procedures.”

Forsythe is a qualified solicitor, previously owned a French storage business and has provided operational and restructuring advice throughout the UK and the rest of Europe.

He said of his appointment: “Having worked with Phil and Jack prior to, and more importantly since the MBO, I had no hesitation in taking on this exciting role. 2009 has been a challenging year for everyone, but Redirack is in good shape to take full advantage of the chinks of light that appear in the market place, overseas opportunities and the inevitable upturn in the economy.

“Initially I will be concentrating on organisational governance, business methods and the structure of the business. I can’t wait to get into the market place and look forward to visiting customers and suppliers alike.”

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