Smith’s UK Appoints A New Managing Director

Smith’s has a new MD, Gary Haynes, appointed in May 2016, by new owners, third-generation family-owned US company, The Swan Group.

Gary Haynes joins Smith’s, the Essex-based fan convector manufacturers and heating specialists, with a vision to grow and develop Smith’s as a customer-focused manufacturer and distributor of heating and associated products. He stated, “I am joining Smith’s at a time when the new owners have ambitious plans for the business. Smith’s is celebrating its 25th anniversary and we are positioning ourselves as solution providers for our customers. We will be launching new products on to the UK market that will be a departure from our core fan convector business and this will be something customers and partners will come to expect as a regular part of the Smith’s portfolio. We need to bring to market leading edge technology products that customers both need and want.”

Gary Haynes is a highly experienced senior professional with a background that includes Armstrong World Industries, Mecho Shade Systems (UK) Ltd, Thorn Lighting (part of the Zumtobel Group), T-Mobile, Visteon and Ford. His track record of growing and developing engineering and customer-focused businesses made him the ideal choice for Smith’s.

Gary’s arrival will see a number of new products launched in the coming months and has also prompted a brand refresh. A new Smith’s logo will be introduced across social media and all marketing platforms, with new URL and social media handles from July 2016. Gary commented, “We’ve evolved the new logo to bring Smith’s firmly into a new era, highlighting our membership of the Swan Group and refreshing the Smith’s type face, colours and swoosh. We’ve also refreshed the website URL to to align it with the US Smith’s site and create clarity across the primary brand, Smith’s.”