Cedabond seeks new chief to strengthen strategy

Cedabond has begun the search for a new executive director that it hopes will bring stability to the group in the wake of recent board level restructuring.

The equipment buying consortium has undergone a period of senior management turbulence of late, with Garry Smart leaving his role last month and Keith Meller departing earlier this year.

Cedabond is now on the hunt for an executive director to replace Smart and take the operation forward.

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The paid-for position, which is a permanent role, is open to all candidates, although Cedabond says that experience of working in the catering industry would be an advantage.

“Cedabond is the leading buying consortium and is determined to maximise the results for both member and supplier companies to ensure that we remain the leading buying consortium within the catering industry in Great Britain,” said Barry Hallam, financial director of Cedabond and interim marketing director.

The primary role of the chief executive will be to lead and encourage the board and operations team in the growth and development of the business, with the aim of maximising the profit and dividends for members and optimising business for suppliers.

The chosen candidate will also be expected to ensure that the integrity and standing of Cedabond as the leading foodservice equipment buying consortium is maintained and enhanced, and liaise with members and suppliers on a regular basis.

As well as increasing dealers’ overall commercial awareness of the financial benefits of Cedabond membership, the role involves developing positive channels of communication with existing and potential suppliers.

The executive director is also responsible for organising and leading various events throughout the year and planning and implementing agreed marketing and promotional activities.

Above all, says Cedabond, it is looking for somebody to be “the name and face” of the business”.

Cedabond claims to have around 60 distributor members in its consortium, and they enjoy trading agreements and the benefit of collective bargaining with 40 catering equipment suppliers.

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