Contract caterer Bartlett Mitchell has announced the appointment of Ian Thomas as its new CEO.
Going forward, Thomas will be responsible for business performance and growth, client retention and the executive team. Founder Wendy Bartlett will become executive chairman and will continue to remain involved in the business, providing the long-term strategic vision for the company as it continues to grow, and will focus on team and client relationships alongside co-founder Ian Mitchell.
Thomas previously worked for niche facilities management company Shepherd FM, who partnered with Bartlett Mitchell bidding for full facilities management contracts. Prior to working in the facilities management industry, he held a number of roles working for companies within the hospitality sector including Whitbread and Granada.
Operational managing director Francois Gautreaux and Simon Houston, sales managing director, will now report to Thomas.
Bartlett said: "Ian's experience in facilities management and catering, together with his warm personality, makes him a perfect fit. The board and I are thrilled that he will be joining us, bringing his enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to our business. Ian, Francois and Simon will be a formidable team to deliver sustainable success for the team."
Thomas added: "Bartlett Mitchell is a strong business, demonstrated by its delivering double-digit growth over the past 18 months. My focus will be to continue this growth, retaining our existing customers and attracting new customers whilst building an even stronger future. The opportunity to build on these solid foundations and take Bartlett Mitchell forward is a very exciting challenge for the whole team. Our growth has been driven by our innovative approach, in particular the introduction of Perkee Coffee and other sustainable food concepts last year. We're going to build on this success by working closely with our chef development team, clients and customers."
L-R Francois Gautreaux, Ian Thomas, Wendy Bartlett and Simon Houston
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