Gardman MD steps down

Gardman managing director Andy Bestwick will be leaving the company in January 2009.

Mark Pearson will replace Bestwick taking the role of chief executive on 3 November.

Pearson joins the garden centre wholesaler from power tool firm Techtronic Industries, a Hong Kong-quoted Plc. His roles there included chief operating officer of Techtronic's European Division. He was also responsible for creating a new solar lighting business, the Fine Lighting Company.
Gardman chairman Paris Natar said: "Mark brings with him an enormous amount of relevant international, marketing, sourcing, financial, systems and general management experience that I am certain will help take Gardman to even greater heights in the years ahead.

"Finding a suitable individual to fill the gap that Andy will leave behind was bound to be challenging, but I believe we have succeeded in doing so."
Former Bayer head of marketing Jane Lawler also joins Gardman on 3 November, replacing John Stratford who leaves in December.

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