Bob Cowlard has re-joined Sanyo Airconditioners Europe as business planning manager, with responsibility for overall strategy and product development.
Previously md at Sanyo distributor, Oceanair Distribution, Mr Cowlard will have responsibility for business strategy and product development. Robert Morgan, general manager of Sanyo’s UK air conditioning business, will continue in his existing role.
Mr Cowlard said: “I have enjoyed building Oceanair Distribution tremendously over the past two years. It has confirmed my long-held belief in the importance of the distributor in adding value for the customer. I take that commitment back with me – to support Sanyo’s excellent network of distributors in developing their businesses to the benefit of all.”
In other news, Oceanair Distribution has been acquired by an investment group Cripps Trust Corporation for an undisclosed sum.
The deal does not affect Oceanair (UK) Ltd, the Nottingham-based distributor, which continues as a separate stand-alone company.
Oceanair Distribution has reshuffled its senior management pack with Richard Tyson becoming managing director; Giles Pratt sales director and David Livingstone operations director.
Mr Pratt said: “We have a great range of brands and products, and major plans to target larger projects on the consultancy side. There are some substantial projects in the pipeline. The combined experience and knowledge of the team are second to none in this area, and key to success.'