Xmo Strata Expands Management Team
29 June 2010
Sign installation and maintenance company Xmo Strata has beefed-up its management team in what it describes as a “strategic response to the first signs of economic recovery”
The firm has appointed Dave Heathorn as Installation and Maintenance Manager – part of a raft of changes in the top layer of management. Mr Heathorn spent 17 years managing installation teams with Hawes Signs and has also run an electrical contracting company.
Kate Parmentier, who has been with the company since its foundation, becomes Commercial Manager, focusing on profitability, productivity and negotiations; Lucy Mazzocca has been appointed Company Accountant and a head-hunter has been briefed to find a Business Development Manager.
Quality and Systems Manager Michael Mott’s role remains unchanged.
“We saw the recession in good time and made early, decisive moves to help us through without compromising core brand values surrounding quality, training and health and safety,” said Managing Director Steve Martin. “Customers reacted positively to that.”
“I don’t believe the country is out of the woods but we detect signs of recovery and we’re making another set of early and decisive moves.
“I’m delighted Dave Heathorn is joining us. I’ve known him for 20 years and he’s a people person who will bring solid practical experience to the job. Xmo Strata doesn’t over-claim in its sales pitches and Dave will be one of those making sure we can do what we say we can do.”
The company holds long-term contracts to work on sites for the likes of Esso, Shell and TK Maxx and has a ‘strong forward order book’.
“We’re investing in a re-energised commercial strategy,” said Steve Martin. “In our judgement, now’s the time to do that.”
Dave Heathorn said: “Xmo Strata is characterised by strong, independent thinking. It does its own thing, its broken new ground, it’s an innovator; that doesn’t please everyone but it’s a forward-thinking place to work.
“The word ‘vision’ is overused, but these guys have genuine vision and ambition and I look forward to being part of this team.”