BREAKING NEWS: PKL parent shakes up team at the top

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Lee Vines has stepped down as PKL’s MD.

Lee Vines has stepped down as the MD of Cheltenham-based temporary kitchen specialist, PKL, as part of a major management shake-up.

Parent company Lowe Rental Group announced the changes to its board and management team to align with its plans for rapid growth worldwide over the next 4 years.

Lowe CEO Rodney Lowry said the developments would create a dynamic mix of talent on the board and in key leadership roles ready to drive the company forward to reach its growth targets. Of Vines’ departure, he commented: “Lee Vines was instrumental in PKL’s business journey and we all enjoyed working with him throughout the acquisition process and during his time at Lowe. We wish him all the best with his future endeavours and hope he has a safe, happy and fulfilling next chapter in his career.”

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Further moves saw Chris Irving moving from his previous role of COO of PKL – which Lowe acquired in August 2019 – to become group central services director. This pivotal support role involves policy setting and management of group procurement, legal, technical, design, HSQE, property and group contracts.

Karen Rumsey has moved from sales director for PKL to its COO, bringing her considerable experience in sales and product development to the board.

Stuart Penrose has been appointed to the board as group marketing director, where his brand and digital marketing expertise will be pivotal at a time when digital marketing is more important than ever.

Fiona McCoy, who has already helped the company recruit dynamically across the world over the last year, becomes group talent director.

Peter Schad, who has driven PKL’s efforts to build an international reputation supplying large events such as the Commonwealth Games and more since 2000, becomes major events director.

The group has also appointed John Lucas as IT director, Charlie Farr as global head of delivery kitchens and Kirstie Lassallette-Desnault as global head of long-term rental brands U-Select and Foodservice Equipment Rental.

The new additions join the existing board members, Rachel McCausland, sales and marketing director; Paul Lavery, chief financial officer; Ian Lowry, group technical director/head of innovation and Alan McFall group European operations director.

Lowry said he had been determined to strengthen and broaden the talent pool on the board and was delighted by the additions the company had made.

He commented: “With the projected rapid expansion of the business over the next 3-4 years we were conscious that we needed to strengthen our teams across the business, and these appointments to the executive board illustrate the skills and dynamism that we have at the heart of our company.

“The board are delighted with these new appointments and positions and look forward to the year to come with excitement and positivity.”

Lowe has a series of initiatives in the pipeline after it saw revenues rise to more than $70m in the last financial year.

The company has launched several new products over the last year and moved into new markets which it believes offer potential for growth. Lowe has also increased its distribution network to 14 locations worldwide including Dallas, Texas and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

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