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Published on June 26th, 2020 | by The GC Team

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Senior management changes at Hughes Electrical

Hughes Electrical has announced that Managing Director Robert Hughes (pictured left) has moved into the role of Chairman, and Mark Wardell (right), who has been with the business since 1999 in numerous roles across stores, sales and management, has been appointed CEO.

Robert Hughes will continue to be the face of the company, looking after finance, stakeholders and culture while Wardell will take over the day-to-day responsibility for all other aspects of the business.

Robert Hughes, who has been running the company for 25 years, during which time the size of the business has quadrupled, said the move is not a sign of any major change to the way the business operates: “It is evolution not revolution,” he commented.

“Hughes was once reliant on shop sales but now has four legs to its operation: shops, trade, web and rental, each of which contributes 25% of turnover. This diversification was an essential factor in seeing us successfully through the retail lockdown. 

“This management change has been three years in the planning, and hopefully with the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic behind us and the economy opening up comes at an exciting time for the company.

“Next year we celebrate our centenary. All this makes it the perfect time for change by bringing in dynamic, fresh thinking. I look forward to working with Mark going forward.”

Wardell commented on the “great reassurance” of knowing Robert Hughes will still play a very important role over the coming years. “My challenge for Hughes is to be the very best at what we do right across the company. Being a successful business is not just about growth, it is about getting better and better at the things you do to the benefit of all our customers.

“Hughes is proud to be an East Anglian company, this is the geographical area where we will be prioritising our efforts going forward.

“There are no plans for major changes, or to alter the culture of the company and the way we do business, as it has served us so well for nearly 100 years.”

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