Blue Group, a supplier of world leading material handling equipment for a wide range of industry sectors, have appointed Adrian Murphy as Group Chief Executive Officer.
Working closely with the four owner Directors, Adrian will initially look to bring increased coordination across the various businesses within the Group as well as develop a strong growth strategy. 2016 was another record year for Blue in terms of sales, with a combined turnover in excess of £100M, putting the business in a strong position for continued expansion.
Adrian has previously worked in a number of senior leadership positions in the capital equipment market, most recently as CEO of Hewden, but also as Chief Operating Officer of Speedy and MD of Hilti for the UK and Ireland. He also has service and manufacturing experience both domestically and internationally.
Having been in the role from September 1st Adrian is quickly learning the ropes, commenting, “The first few weeks have been a sharp learning curve, but what has been clear from the beginning is the customer focused ethos of the business. For example, we have recently implemented new service software, which will help make our engineers and service departments more efficient through improved information transfer. We are also rolling out the SAP business system across the various Group offices, again to ensure more coordination to ultimately help us support our customers better.”
Blue Group supply world leading equipment brands such as Powerscreen, Doppstadt and Terex Fuchs across the UK and Ireland. The business has eight strategically located offices throughout the territory, supplying capital equipment as well as spare parts via its dedicated facility in Warrington, Cheshire.
Adrian will assume responsibilities across all offices, strategically developing the company’s product portfolio and service package in order to further support Blue’s loyal customer base.
Commented Group Chairman and co-owner Pat McGeary:“This is a really exciting time for Blue Group as we look to the next stage in our development. The appointment of Adrian is a signal of our ambition to grow and develop the business to another level and we would like to welcome Adrian to our Board.”