Sparks Electrical News February 2019

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NEW HellermannTyton MANAGEMENT TEAM ANNOUNCED

HellermannTyton South Africa's new management team: Gerhard van Rooyen and Claude Middleton.

W ith the impending retirement of outgoing HellermannTyton South Africa Managing Director, Rod Dewing, changes have been made to ensure that the company continues to prosper. Claude Middle- ton has been announced as the new MD – previously Director: Sales and Marketing – and Gerhard van Rooyen – previously Director: Finance – is the new Director: Finance and Operations. “Although there are changes at the top, we are still HellermannTy- ton, and will continue giving customers the same quality product and the same service levels they have come to expect,” says Middleton. With a combined 17 years at the company, Middleton and van Rooy- en’s appointments are in keeping with the global HellermannTyton ethos of promoting from within. This practice reinforces continuity by promoting staff who understand how HellermannTyton operates and know the business methods and what the HellermannTyton brand stands for. “Gerhard and I have been here long enough to become entrenched in the HellermannTyton brand and we will ensure that we build on the traditions of the company,” he says. Middleton will still be responsible for the sales and marketing func- tion, along with product and quality management; van Rooyen mean- while will, along with finance, IT and administration, oversee the op- erations side of the business, including manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, supply chain and human resources. Despite losing a man of Dewing’s vast experience, the new man- agement duo believes they are up to the task, and have learnt many lessons from the outgoing MD. “The business is 52 years old and Rod has been involved for half of that time, so he has been instrumental in the growth of the business along with setting up the world-class production facility we have here,” says van Rooyen. “From a culture aspect, he had a people-orientated way of leading. He always put peo- ple first and that legacy will remain with the business for quite some time.” Middleton agrees, “Rod had an open door policy, which is rare in businesses of this size, and would not make a decision without first consulting people, yet once a decision was made, Rod was very firm and committed. He oversaw the company’s move from smaller begin- nings in Johannesburg to Linbro Park where we have since doubled the facility, and he has been instrumental in growing the company to the point where we now manufacture and supply products into other parts of the world.” When asked about Dewing’s plans for the future, Middleton laughs

and responds, “Lowering his golf handicap! I think initially he will take a bit of a rest; running an operation like this, and considering the diversity of busi- ness – from supplying insulation tape which goes into the electrical industry to automotive mould tools which supply products for the S-Class Mercedes Benz – there are well over 5 000 product lines, so the job does take a lot of effort and focus.”

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