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31st August 2020
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Uwe Hanneck to provide consultancy services to KBSA
The Kitchen, Bathroom and Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that Uwe Hanneck will be working with the organisation in a consultancy capacity to formulate a long term strategy which will ensure that the KBSA has all the necessary tools to grow as a trade association while continuing to strengthen the competitiveness of its members.
Uwe - a consultant with a special focus on the kitchen industry - has quite a pedigree. In 1972 he set up Neff in the UK, where he remained until 1979 before moving across the channel to run Neff France. In 1981 he was appointed managing director of British kitchen furniture manufacturer, FW Wrighton & Sons and in 1983 he was asked to return to run Neff UK when it was bought by the BSH Group. In 1990, he became CEO of BSH UK and Ireland and he retired from this position at the end of 2010.
He has also chaired many industry bodies, including REPIC (the largest waste electrical & electronic equipment producer compliance scheme in the UK), AMDEA ((the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances) and the KBB NTG (The industry's training group). He currently serves on the Advisory Board of German Industry UK.
Uwe's appointment follows the recent retirement of CEO Graham Ball. His prime focus will be to review the current KBSA proposition and its position in the kitchen retail market to ensure that the KBSA is fit for purpose and maintains its relevance and its proven ability to support the independent specialist. The CEO position will be revisited once the strategy is agreed, as the CEO role will be vital in implementing the plan.
Richard Hibbert, KBSA Board member, comments: "The Board are delighted that Uwe has agreed to take up the challenge and work with the KBSA.
"Following Graham's departure we were presented with an opportunity to look at what we do and how we remain relevant to the independent specialist and with Uwe's experience and background, he was the ideal choice to head up this project."
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