Iain Phillips is leaving Panasonic to join Regale Microwave Ovens, the brand’s largest distributor in the UK.
The switch brings the curtain down on Phillips’ 20-year tenure with the brand, including the last nine as sales and marketing manager.
He will join the Hampshire-based microwave specialist as deputy managing director, with effect from 3 February.
Pat Bray, managing director of Regale, said: “We are delighted that Iain is going to be joining our team as we have ambitious plans for future growth, especially around our unique Microsave Cavity Protection Liner.
“Iain has considerable experience in this field, and we have worked together successfully for many years, for the last nine years as Panasonic’s number one commercial microwave wholesaler. We are now looking forward to further enhancing our relationship with Panasonic and combining our experience to take Regale to the next level.”
Phillips has tripled the size of Panasonic’s commercial microwave oven business during his time in charge and was instrumental in the design and launch of the world’s first all metal door microwave with inverter technology.
Last year, Panasonic Corporation announced a deal with Regale Microwave Ovens to distribute its Microsave Cavity Liner globally.
In what was described as an unprecedented move at the time, the companies outlined how global arrangements will be positioned to enable distribution of the liner, via Regale, to any catering equipment wholesaler or distributor worldwide.