Mike Inwood is joining FEM as sales director, taking over from Jim Doherty, who is retiring later in 2020.
Initially the two men will work alongside each other as Doherty hands over the reins.
Inwood has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry, most recently as sales and marketing director for Victor Manufacturing. Before that he was national account manager with Williams and Falcon.
However, he’s also had experience of the lighter side of the catering equipment industry, having started his career with Buncher & Haseler and Samuel Groves, before working with Apuro.
“Obviously these are very challenging times for all of us,” said Inwood. “We have to be mindful of what our dealer customers require from us and what difficulties are facing end users. I have been told on many occasions that FEM’s customer service is second to none. We need to continue to offer that support and training.”
He continued: “FEM is a company that sources innovative and high end products, offering a wide variety of brands and equipment, and that really excites me. They are very proactive – their customers come to them for innovative ideas that define ‘what’s next’ in the industry. The fact that FEM has won Catering Insight’s Light Equipment Supplier of the Year three times shows how highly distributors regard them.”
Inwood is also looking forward to working alongside Jim Doherty. “It’s a shame that I will only get to work with Jim for a transition period of a few months,” he said.
Mark Hogan, commercial director of FEM, commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to have attracted a man of Mike’s calibre to the team. I know he’s going to make a big impact and play a huge role as we come to grips with our changing world.”
Inwood is CFSP-accredited and has a degree in business administration and business information systems. Outside of work he is a musician and a sportsman and has a young family.