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Wolseley changes see two more directors go

Two more senior roles have been axed as part of the latest shake up of the management structure at plumbing, heating and building materials distributor Wolseley UK.

The new Commercial and Industrial Division will pull together Wolseley’s air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical and pipework supply businesses, while the new Heavyside division will integrate companies in that sector.

As a result Paul Gordon, managing director of Build Center and Drain Center, has left the company with immediate effect and director Mark Eburne will leave in September.

The job cuts follow last month’s announcement that Nigel Sibley, managing director of the UK and Irish division, and Bob Mason, human resources director, were leaving the company.

Rob Marchbank, chief executive for Europe and Wolseley UK managing director (pictured), said the new management structures would allow the company to “align our businesses to our customers and improve our ability to leverage and utilise some of the best practices across our businesses.”

He added: “Our priority will be to undertake a review of businesses’ management structures and seek to identify synergies, efficiencies and cost savings to improve our competitive position. We are doing this to increase our focus on delivering the best possible service to our customers.”

The new Heavyside division will include the Build, Drain, Brandon Hire and Encon businesses and will be led by Steve Ashmore, managing director of Plumb Center and Parts Center.

The new Commercial and Industrial division will cover the Climate Center, Electric Center and Pipe Center businesses and will be led by Tony Morris, previously managing director of Climate Center and Pipe Center.

The changes come just two weeks after Wolseley announced the establishment of a Lightside division to oversee its plumbing and heating businesses – including Plumb Center, Parts Center, William Wilson, BCG, Unifix and Bathstore.

A Wolseley UK spokesman said this was expected to be the last of the planned top level changes.

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