Written on June 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm
Experienced Professional To Head The Team
Manbat, the UK’s largest automotive battery distributor has recruited respected aftermarket professional Paul Payne as its new sales director to replace Jon Bailey who recently returned to VARTA®. Paul has come from DENSO International Europe, where he spent five successful years as the company’s regional manager for UK and Ireland.
Commenting on his appointment, Paul said: “I know it sounds like a cliché, but I’m really excited to join such a well known and respected aftermarket business. Manbat has a reputation for doing things right and following ethical policies, which adds great value to the business.
“In every role in which I have had responsibility I have overseen an increase in the sales and turnover of the business. I therefore believe that with the skills I have gained in the aftermarket over the last 20 years and the tremendous experience of the existing team, I can help continue the company’s expansion.
For Manbat, managing director, Steve Sheppard said: “In the current tough trading conditions it is important that we have a strong and experienced leader who can help to motivate and direct our team of knowledgeable sales managers and continue the growth of the business.
“Paul brings with him these attributes and an appreciation that our business is built on the twin pillars of providing our customers with exceptional service and high quality products. Over the last 60 years, this philosophy has allowed Manbat to grow from a local battery specialist to a major distributor within a global organisation.
“Paul’s previous experience with a number of aftermarket businesses, including large multinational companies like Unipart and DENSO will benefit Manbat by bringing a fresh approach, while maintaining those traditional core values. We are delighted therefore to welcome him aboard.”