New MD for wholesale distribution firm

New MD James Russell
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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution group has appointed a new managing director, James Russell, who took charge of the company’s wholesale distribution division on 5 January 2015.

Sam Wilcox, Blakemore Group Wholesale managing director, said: “This is a very exciting appointment for our Wholesale Distribution division, which represents a clear growth area for our business.

“James has the experience and credentials to steer this important part of our operation to the next level and help us achieve our longer-term strategic objectives.”

Russell, who comes from a wholesale background with previous experience at soft drinks business Britvic and discount channel specialist Rowan International, said he was “delighted” at his appointment.

“A F Blakemore is leading the industry in the way it approaches, engages and develops its people, suppliers and customers and I am really positive about the opportunities that this new role represents,” Russell commented.

Blakemore specialises in wholesale distribution nationally and internationally for convenience stores, forecourt retailers, multiple group customers, vending groups, leisure and holiday centres and local authorities.

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