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Richard Walker leaves De Dietrich to accept new senior industry role with GDHA
Following eight years as sales & marketing director, Richard Walker has resigned from De Dietrich Kitchen Appliances. He has accepted a senior position with Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, for which he is relocating.
Richard joined De Dietrich Kitchen Appliances in 2006 from Electrolux, when he accepted the newly created post of marketing director and within the same year he was promoted to the role of sales & marketing director. During his time in the business, he managed a 16-strong sales & marketing team, and all targets were achieved each years.
Richard was responsible for steering the direction of the De Dietrich and Fagor brands in the UK and Ireland; both were relaunched with new UK-specific ranges: De Dietrich in 2007 and Fagor in 2009.
The UK launch of the Piano, the first truly zoneless induction hob in 2011 resulted in numerous important industry awards for both innovation and design and in 2012, two new appliance collections for De Dietrich were launched; meeting with widespread approval from both retailers and the press. Richard also instigated a regular presence at major exhibitions such as KBB and Grand Designs Live that both enhanced awareness of the brands while increasing sales as a consequence.
Sebastien Cuault, Northern Europe export development director, Brandt France says of Richard:
"I have greatly enjoyed working with Richard over the years. He has achieved a huge amount for the business and I thank him for all his hard work and loyalty. He has been offered an excellent opportunity with his new company, and I wish him well for the future."
Richard left De Dietrich Kitchen Appliances yesterday.
30th May 2014