Former Hansgrohe boss takes control at Bristan

The Bristan Group has announced the appointment of former Hansgrohe MD, Martin Mongan, as its new CEO.

Mongan – who left Hansgrohe in 2019 to join publishing company Mix Interiors – returns to the bathroom industry in February 2021 as head of the Bristan Group.

He succeeds former CEO, Darius Padler, who will leave the business at the end of 2020. Ken Ellis, the Group’s Chief Financial Officer will act as Interim CEO until Mongan takes up his new position.

Speaking of Mongan’s appointment, Padler said: “Martin is a well-known and well-liked industry character with a history of delivering exceptional sales growth in the businesses he has led.  This is an exciting appointment for the Group.”

Mongan is a well-respected industry figure, with over 25 years of experience, having held senior roles at both Kohler Mira and Jacuzzi, before joining Hansgrohe UK in 2011. During his eight-year tenure at Hansgrohe, Mongan helped develop the UK business into a leading brand within the retail and specification channels, delivering exponential growth in terms of revenue and profit.

In a statement the company said the appointment follows “a high-performing year where the business has grown market share in all channels”.

Speaking of his appointment and return to the industry Mongan said: “Bristan Group is a strong and solid business that has grown market share in 2020, creating a brilliant platform for future success.

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“I’m looking forward to working with the team and taking the business forward onto the next stage of its journey; steering it through the challenges presented by Covid, Brexit, and changing customer behaviour, to ensure that the Group continues to deliver exceptional products and services for its customers, and profitable growth for its shareholders.”

Owned by US home-improvement giant Masco, Bristan Group is the parent company of the Bristan, Heritage and Cascade brands.

The Hansgrohe brand is also owned by Masco.

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