The Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) confirmed last week, Chris Gibson, Projects Director at Rexel UK Ltd, as its 91st President.
Chris takes over the helm from BEMCO’s Simon Barkes (pictured right) and will lead the Association for the next two years.
Chris, who has a 30 year career in wholesaling and 12 of those with Rexel UK Ltd, gave this insight into the focus of his two-year Presidency, “It is a true honour to be asked to undertake this role and work with Margaret and the EDA team, as well as with members and affiliates, to develop the organisation during time of change within the industry impacted by major technological and political developments.
“During this period, the EDA will focus on developing a stronger working relationship with relevant industry bodies to develop a collaborative strategic approach to ensure all opportunities can be maximised. The EDA will support members to ensure that the electrical distributor remains a critical part of the supply chain through an omnichannel approach. We will ensure continued focus is given to the training and development of people at all levels of our industry to deliver the best customer experience through service, product knowledge and technological enhancements.”
At today’s Board meeting the EDA also welcomed Simon Booth, MD of ETC Electrical Supplies, to its management team. Simon succeeds Dave Huggin, MD of E.D.S. Electrical, as the IBA buying group’s representative. Simon is the latest new face to join the EDA Board since July 2018 when Charlie Lacey, MD at Stearn Electric Co Ltd, took over from David Schofield who retired from the sector.