Centurion has invested in three new directors to support Centurion’s long-term growth and product innovation plans.

These new directors, alongside chief executive officer Jeff Ward, technical & operations director Mandy Humphreys, and HR officer Stacey Wightman, will build on the heritage of the Centurion brand strength but accelerate a renewal built on innovation, user insights, and transformative partnerships.

The new team brings a fresh direction, new energy, and a high level of expertise, with a proven track record in understanding customer needs, new product development, category management and supporting marketing functions, all of which will play a key role in strengthening the business.

Technical & operations director Mandy Humphreys will be focusing on Centurion’s technical and operations functions whilst leading on the strategy for the manufacturing environment. HR Officer Stacey Wightman will be spearheading Centurion’s crucial engagement and learning and development step change.

Jeff Ward joined as chief executive officer in December 2015 where he has led a fundamental review of Centurion’s business strategy in order to craft an ambitious 2020 Vision – a growth strategy based on detailed customer insights and intensified global partnerships.

Previously commercial director at Britax Child Safety for four years, Jeff was responsible for sales, marketing, product management, and customer service.  Prior to this, Jeff worked at Newell Rubbermaid for over nine years ultimately as Vice President and General Manager for the construction and industrial segments in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

In October 2016, Andrew Gordon was appointed as marketing director. Andrew previously spent two years at Brady Corporation in a lead communication and customer-marketing role for its health and safety business, Seton. Prior to that, Andrew spent six years as senior global product manager with ACCO brands with powerful experience in user insights in business-to-business specified products.

Centurion also appointed a new finance & IT director, Chris Zanone in March 2017. Chris has spent the last 14 years in various leadership roles at Bernard Matthews, most recently leading the entire IT function for the business. He spent the previous twelve years at Dalgety PLC in numerous senior finance roles.

The team has been completed in May 2017 with the most recent appointment of Steve Neumann as sales director. Steve spent 17 years at Bosch in several senior commercial roles within the power tools division. He has also been sales and marketing director for entities in Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand.

Jeff Ward, CEO at Centurion, said: “The appointment of our new executive team reinforces our continued investment in Centurion and talented people who we believe will bring fresh insight, rich experience and a new energy to help drive Centurion forward.

“Over the last year, we have gone to great lengths to truly understand customers and end users and our unique place within the market. This has ensured we have been able to shape our future direction, and ultimately assemble a new team that share the same vision and values.

“Our leadership team has already begun to transform the business and will continue to do so whilst doing everything we can to support our customers and their needs. We’re proud that Centurion is building on an existing team with over 1,100 years of experience and I’m delighted to lead Centurion at such an exciting time together with this world-class board.”