Capital Fireplaces Ltd has announced the appointment of Andrew Hitchman as its new managing director.
Andrew, who has been working with Capital Fireplaces for the last 10 years will oversee all aspects of the company’s operations including sales, research and development, logistics, personnel and customer service.
Former managing director Peter Beatty, who now will be concentrating on finance & purchasing commented; “It is wonderful to be able to handover the stewardship of the business to Andy just a few months before we celebrate his ten years at Capital, Andy has a wealth of experience in the Fireplace industry and he has played a significant role during my time at the helm as we grew the Capital brand from the Phoenix of the old Gallery Fireplaces brand upon which the Company was built. We have put a lot of time and resource into both the strategy for the business and primarily improving the bench strength of the management team. We now have a strong operational management team in which the shareholders have immense confidence and who we believe, led by Andy, will achieve great things for themselves, those that work with them and the business as a whole. Capital can now look forward to a new era building it’s future on the strength of it’s people, it’s customer service, it’s products and it’s brand as a major supplier to the independent High Street retailer.”
Andrew joined Capital Fireplaces to oversee the field sales team and quickly progressed to becoming responsible for the company’s sales & marketing activities as well as having a major input into the research and development side of the business.
Looking to the future Andrew added “I’m delighted to be appointed to the role of MD and feel very fortunate to have a great team of people here to work with. The fireplace industry faces some challenges in the forthcoming years with both political and legislative changes ahead but with our continued strategy of investment in our people and R&D we will look to maximise all opportunities. Our commitment to customer service and the introduction of new and exciting products will remain our main focus.”