Grunwerg has made several new director appointments in order to fuel the company’s plans for ambitious growth. The new look management team was formed on the 29 April, and brings to an end the leadership of Charles and David Grunwerg, who stepped down in 2018 and 2022 respectively.
Benjamin Grunwerg has been promoted to managing director, having worked within the business for 13 years. Ben will provide company strategic leadership, working with suppliers and product designers to develop the next generation of the company’s products. Ben will also oversee the development of the company’s D2C channels, marketing strategy and Ecommerce Development.
Tom Basford is promoted to sales director, having joined the business as a territorial sales representative in 2003. Tom brings a wealth of industry experience to the company having worked previously with Brabantia and Meyer Prestige. Tom will manage the company’s customer relationships and work to improve customer service.
Alex Beatie is promoted to finance director, having joined the business in 2018 having previously worked in the Food Manufacturing industry. Alex will look after the company’s operations including our warehousing and logistics, driving efficiency and performance. Alex will also manage the company’s finances and HR Team.
Anna Grunwerg and Adam Grunwerg have been appointed Non-Executive Directors. Adam Grunwerg is Founding Partner of Finixio Ltd, market leading Digital Media Affiliates. Adam will provide external advice and strategy as well as advising on the use of technology within the company. Anna continues her work in Human Resources whilst studying for her CIPD qualifications.
As well as these appointments, the company has welcomed several new key members of staff; Chetan Patel as Knives From Japan Business Manager, Kate Williams as Ecommerce Manager, Laura Abson as Marketing Manager, Oliver Walker as IT Manager and Katie Lloyd as Catering Sales Manager.
Ben Grunwerg stated: “Today brings to an end a long period of changes which started with the retirement of Charles Grunwerg in 2018, our move to new warehousing and office facilities in 2019 and covid disruptions. We are sad to see David step down, having led the business ably for over 50 years; his knowledge, experience, passion and leadership will be hard to replace. We do however expect him to remain close to the business and offer his advice and guidance through our strong family ties. I am personally delighted to welcome onto the board Alex and Tom, both of whom I have worked with for some time and who have already added so much to the business with their work ethic and ideas. I am also delighted to welcome my sister, Anna as the company’s first female director, along with my brother Adam who runs his own successful business.
“We are incredibly excited to initiate a long and sustained period of growth. We have state of the art facilities in Chesterfield, strong finances and the best team of people I have worked with in my 13 years at Grunwerg. We have ambitious plans to create new products, improve our warehouse facilities and move into new markets. Our new London showroom is due to open in September in the basement of Santoku where we expect to launch over 200 new products this year. Our family business philosophy will continue to inspire us. We will continue to provide outstanding working conditions in Chesterfield, excellent customer service and quality products.”