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Published on January 30th, 2018 | by The GC Team

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Midwich appoints Head of European Operations

AV and document solutions distributor Midwich has appointed James Parker as Head of European Operations to facilitate the Group’s expansion.

The newcomer to the business has 17 years’ distribution experience with a diverse background in operations and business improvement. He has previously held managerial roles including Group Logistics & Procurement Director and Purchasing & Marketing Director, while also integrating acquired businesses and delivering business improvement initiatives.

Prior to joining Midwich he worked for DIY retailer Homebase Bunnings, driving its operational improvement programme after the Bunnings acquisition.

In his new role with the Diss-based distributor he will predominantly focus on pre-acquisition due diligence, post-acquisition company integrations and Group-wide infrastructure projects. Midwich said: “There will be a specific drive in leveraging Group strengths to deliver synergies across the European subsidiaries.”

Parker will report to the Group’s European Director Tom Sumner, who said: “I am very confident that this appointment will provide us with additional expertise to deliver on our ambitious growth plans, especially as we continue to increase our international footprint.”

Parker added: “I am excited to have joined Midwich at this key stage in the Group’s growth journey. I am very much looking forward to working with the European subsidiary teams to support their growth aspirations and help deliver synergies across the Group.”

Midwich recently announced its Pre-Close Trading Statement in which it reported revenue for 2017 of approximately £470 million, representing growth of around 28% over the prior year. The Group will announce its final results for the year ended 31 December 2017 on 13 March 2018.

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