British bathroom specialist Imperial Bathrooms has welcomed a new owner and appointed two joint managing directors as part of a company restructure.
Owned by Simon Lousada (pictured centre), Lousada Plc became the new owner of the West Midlands-based brand in July this year.
Imperial’s new owner Lousada has committed to investing in advancing the brand’s British manufacturing facilities and respective ceramic and wood divisions.
As part of this plan he promoted former export director, James Stevenson, to joint managing director: a role he now shares with newly appointed John Kitchiner. He joins the company and has more than 30 years of operations management experience, which he brings to this position.
Commenting on his corporate renewal plan Lousada, the owner of Imperial Bathrooms said: “I am pleased to be able to affect change and refocus the company’s efforts on progressive design and being a leading influence within the UK bathroom industry. We also want to strengthen our share in exports, identifying new revenue streams on both a national and international level. It is important for Imperial Bathrooms to remain true to its British ownership and company values, which I hope, will reinforce our presence as a must-have bathroom designer and manufacturer.”
Talking about his promotion Stevenson said: “I am delighted to come together with John in the new role of managing director, as we share the same brand values and vision to shape the company’s future in pursuit of continued growth. Crucially, we want to work together to improve productivity, driving our British-made bathroom products with extremely high pedigree to the UK homeowner in a proactive manner.”
“The recent organisational restructure is a great example of our continued development and renewed vision, which focuses on nurturing our rich brand history founded on quality product design, so we can engage the next generation of Imperial customers.”
Kitchiner added: “I am thrilled to be joining Imperial Bathrooms for many reasons, none less so than the company is an industry institution with formidable reputation. My aim is to direct and oversee the predicted growth that lies ahead, as I feel certain that the fallout from Covid-19 combined with Brexit at the end of the year, will offer huge potential for true British manufacturers like Imperial Bathrooms that are autonomous and have capacity for a resurgence in business.”