He will take over the mantle of running the UK’s most successful commercial warewashing business in April, when current MD Bill Downie steps down after 24 years at the helm.
Paul joins Meiko from the role of Director of Sales at Hoshizaki UK, where he is credited with increasing its market share and forging the campaign that confirmed the Gram brands’ reputation as the leading sustainable manufacturer of commercial refrigeration.
No stranger to the warewashing market, Paul spent two years as a Meiko Regional Sales Manager in the early 2000s before leaving to join Gram UK as Business Development Manager, thereafter taking the senior sales management role at combination oven supplier Rational.
He is delighted to have been chosen to lead Meiko UK and to inherit what Bill Downie says is, ‘the best bunch of employees in the industry’.
“Bill Downie has made a huge contribution to the UK foodservice industry,” says Paul Anderson.
“His passion and devotion to delivering market-leading products along with the best in customer service has driven Meiko UK’s growth from a small acorn into a mighty Oak Tree.
“Bill is well-known and respected by his peers and it is an absolute pleasure to take over a business that has been in such very good hands.
“I will be wearing a different pair of shoes and bringing a new pair of eyes to Meiko UK. The direction may change as we consider new ideas and concepts, but I will always be treading the same path to success that I have followed and indeed, which has been forged by Bill and his team.”
Paul Anderson formally takes over the running of Meiko on 1st April 2017.
Comments Bill Downie, “I am absolutely delighted that Paul has been appointed to succeed me as Managing Director of Meiko UK.
“Paul brings a wealth of managerial knowledge to the role that will take the business through to the next level and then beyond.
“From the numerous calls that I have received, it is clear that the appointment of Paul to head-up Meiko UK after I retire has been an inspired choice by the Directors of the Meiko group and a choice that I wholeheartedly support.
“I leave behind a great team at Meiko UK, many know Paul from his time with us as a Regional Sales Manager some 17 years ago. He can be assured of their total support as he delivers on the goals and targets that have been set for the business over the coming years.”