By NZHJ June 28, 2018 Industry news

News of new people at Allegion, Damar Industries, Fletcher Building, Lockwood and Toolware Sales.

Martin Carlyle (right) has resigned from his position as CEO of Damar Industries to take up a new business ownership opportunity in the US and will depart the company in August. Martin was recruited by Damar in 2007 and has played a big part in facilitating Damar’s compliance journey. The company says: “Martin has done an outstanding job leading the company through a significant period of change. He leaves behind the legacy of a very strong management team and staff structure throughout the organisation.” Damar has started the search for a replacement but in the interim owner and Chairman, Scott Thomson, will assume the CEO’s responsibilities.


Craig Dewar is Allegion’s new Key Account Manager looking after residential customers in the lower half of the North Island. Based in Wellington Craig will be working alongside Regional Sales Manager, Marcel Dauphin. For the past 15 years, Craig has managed similar sales territories, most recently in manufacturing, servicing the food, beverage and industrial markets. Prior to this Craig worked for 10 years in key account and sales executive roles, and is a qualified fitter/turner. Craig is excited to be driving the growth of the Schlage and Brio brands in the region.


Bruce Hassall will assume the role of Fletcher Building’s Chairman from 1 September, at which time Sir Ralph Norris will step down from the Board. Bruce has extensive experience across the public and private sector, including as the former CEO and Senior Partner of PwC New Zealand. The announcement also included four experienced and well-known new Independent Directors: Barbara Chapman (known as ASB Bank’s MD and CEO); Robert McDonald (Air New Zealand CFO); Doug McKay (former CEO of Lion Nathan, CHH etc); and Cathy Quinn (top commercial-corporate lawyer).


Lee Johnson  (right) is Toolware Sales' new Account Manager for the North of the South Island. Timaru born and bred, Lee will be familiar to anyone who’s had anything to do with PlaceMakers and the Cranford Street store in particular where he was Retail Manager and later Procurement Manager for the Christchurch Network for some years. Lee’s passion is “meeting people and fulfilling their expectations from sales to product knowledge and developing strong relationships within the industry” and he’s “very excited working for Toolware Sales. I have known and dealt with them since I first started in the building industry at the age of 18. Toolware Sales were the go-to supplier for hand tools when I first started with PlaceMakers and this is still the case today.”


Joe La Grouw is standing aside after more than 30 years as Managing Director of Rotorua’s Lockwood Group. His son, Andrew, the company’s current sales director, will henceforth lead the company, still one of New Zealand’s most iconic family-owned businesses. Joe himself is the son of Lockwood’s founder, Johannes, and will continue in an advisory role as non-executive director.

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