Northern Irish bathroom manufacturer Aqualla, incorporating Adamsez, has named Ruth Black as its new MD. From 1st September Ruth will join the business, focusing on the strategic development of both the Aqualla brassware and Adamsez bath brands.
Following a successful launch into the UK market that saw the creation of a dedicated UK sales team and new additions to the product portfolio across both brands, Black joins Aqualla at a pivotal time and will be guiding the company forward as it seeks to grow within independent retailers across the country.
After Steven Allaway’s recent announcement on stepping down as MD, the business says it was searching for 'an inspirational leader' to take on the role, with Black’s experience within the KBB sector making her 'a natural fit'. With over 30 years’ working in merchant facing roles, Black is said to have a strong understanding of how to successfully navigate the challenges faced by all business stakeholders from supplier and retailer through to the end user.
Ruth Black said: “I am delighted to join Aqualla as managing director. It is a people-focused business that I have known and respected for many years as a customer and one that will be driven forward by the dedication and commitment of the people within it. I look forward to working alongside and supporting this wonderful team, as well as the wider FM Mattsson group, to deliver continued growth. I will be shadowing Steven for the next few months and listening carefully. There is a great responsibility to ensure we continue to support our customers, suppliers, and colleagues while we grow the Aqualla and Adamsez brands.”
Fredrik Skarp, group CEO at FM Mattsson, will be supporting Black to ensure a smooth transition into the role. He added: “With Ruth we have found the right skills and mindset to take the Aqualla and Adamsez businesses to the next level as leading bathroom brands in United Kingdom and Ireland, together with all our dedicated team members, customers, and suppliers.”