Iain Munro has resigned his position as MD of distributor ScoMac Catering Equipment. He will be leaving the role in July to become the director of Cooking Solutions with Hobart UK.
The latter role was left vacant earlier this year when Simon Merrick moved on to coffee machine supplier WMF as the firm’s sales and marketing director.
Munro joined Scobie & McIntosh Catering Equipment in 1998 and in 2001 moved his family up to Scotland to take on a role within the senior management team under the then MD Geoffrey Bell.
During his time with the business he has been involved in two management buy-outs and the start up of ScoMac Catering Equipment following the demise of Scobie & McIntosh.
Since 2009 Munro has been involved in establishing the southern based branches at Cambridge and Leeds (Batley) which are said to have proved to be a great success in establishing ScoMac as a nationwide business, if not an international one having recently been involved in a project in St Lucia.
In 2012, due to family commitments he decided to move back to England to be closer to his daughters and ageing parents. In moving to Cambridge he passed the responsibility of the day to day running of the ScoMac Livingston operation to Steve Shepherd.
Shepherd since then stepped up to the challenge as operations director to take on the management of the Livingston operation whilst supporting Munro with the Cambridge and Leeds branches too.
ScoMac reports it has had a very successful 2016 and very strong start to 2017 too. This is largely being attributed to the company adopting a sales strategy that targets a wider customer base in addition to its core retail clients. This, linked with the recent recruitment of additional sales and project managers at all branches, should see ScoMac in a stable position for the foreseeable future.
Munro feels with the stability that ScoMac is in and some recent changes in his personal life now is a good time for him to explore a new challenge.
He detailed: “I have been presented with an exciting new career opportunity to become a director at Hobart, heading up its Cooking Solutions division. I gave it a great deal of thought; I now feel it is a good time for me to leave ScoMac and allow the directors to explore new ways to strengthen the senior management team across the branches and at Livingston.
“Hobart is at a good stage in the development of its distributor network and feel I can bring my distributor experience to grow and developed this further. The manufacturer has some great products within well established brands which have a place across a wide cross section of the catering equipment supply marketplace. I am very much looking forward to joining the Hobart Cooking Solutions team.”
Nick Imlah, group MD of ScoMac’s parent company, Unitech Industries, stated: “Iain will remain with the business for the next couple of months while he hands over his responsibilities to the directors and briefs the sales team on the accounts he manages. Following Iain’s departure, Steve Shepherd, Mark Street (group FD) and myself will manage the responsibilities jointly and make decisions on the future structure of the business and recruitment of a sales director.
“We have an exciting future ahead of us; we have had 8 successful years and Iain leaves the business in a good financial position. The directors would like to thank Iain for his hard work and dedication over the years and wish him every success in his new role.”
Hobart’s head of food equipment Europe Florian Wagner welcomed Munro’s imminent arrival, saying: “We are very pleased Iain accepted our offer to join Hobart Cooking Solutions. Iain’s previous experience working with Falcon and Rational in the development of key accounts will help strengthen the Hobart Cooking Solutions strategy.
“Plus his knowledge of the UK’s distributor network, having been with ScoMac for 18 years and a past chairman of CEDA, gives a clear signal to the industry of Hobart’s continued commitment that our route to market will be via our distributor partners. The Hobart Cooking Solutions team is looking forward to welcoming Iain to the team soon.”