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School children wearing Blue Max Banner

The board of Blue Max Banner (BMB) has appointed a new CEO.

Glenn Leech will take up the position with effect from 4th September 2017, replacing Nigel Plenderleith, who retires at the end of the year.

Plenderleith will support Leech on a full-time basis until the end of the year to ensure a seamless transition, with Leech also working closely with other members of the BMB board and management team.

Leech joins BMB from Connect Education & Care – a retail distribution business that delivers 30,000 products over multiple SKUs to 40,000 customers – where he was managing director from August 2013 until the sale of the business to RM Group PLC in June 2017.

Commenting on Leech’s appointment, BMB chairman George Adams, says, “When MML invested in the management buyout of BMB in July 2015, it was Nigel Plenderleith’s desire that a succession plan be put into place to allow him to retire from the business in 2018.

“Under Nigel’s stewardship, the business has grown in many dimensions,” Adams continues. “Through the acquisitions of SWI & Orion, BMB now has market leading ranges in sportswear as well as a dedicated product development team. Customer service levels, already leading the market, have also been enhanced.

“We would like to thank Nigel for the dedication, enthusiasm and hard work in leading the business both in the last two years and also for the 12 years prior to the MML investment.

“This continues to be an exciting time for the company, with Glenn’s appointment, new branding and a new website to be launched at the Schoolwear Show in October, along with many great new products,” concludes Adams.


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