Connector specialist group EDAC has restructured its European sales and customer-service operations with one notable promotion and the addition of two key team members. According to Alex Grout – who took over the role of European managing director last April – the new appointments have been necessitated by the business upswing that has resulted from an significantly enhanced product portfolio and the company’s acquisition of UK company MH Connectors.
Grout has promoted Damien Croft, previously senior manager with MH Connectors, to lead the sales organisation for all EDAC brands within Europe, and has also enhanced his European customer-facing teams with the addition of two new heads:
Debbie Pendergrast (Southern Europe)
Debbie Pendergrast will be responsible for developing EDAC and MH business within Southern Europe. Fluent in French and Spanish, Pendergrast will spearhead EDAC’s sales effort within Italy and Spain and will take control of the strong MH Connectors operation in France, including the existing sales operations based in Mantes La Jolie.
Prior to joining EDAC Pendergrast ran her own business in Spain where she enjoyed considerable success working with Spanish and French business partners and customers: “Together EDAC and MH have an unbeatable portfolio of connector solutions,” she said. “2015 is set to be a key year in the company’s evolution and I’m looking forward to meeting the challenges ahead.”
Nathan Ashford (European Distribution)
Grout puts great store in EDAC’s relationship with the European and global distributors who promote the EDAC and MH Connectors brands within Europe. Nathan Ashford joins the EDAC Group as European distribution manager with responsibility for managing the relationships with European distributors and defining future strategy. Ashford was previously with Omron Electronic Components where he was responsible for the company’s European high service channel. He benefits from a great understanding of how high service distribution works and the value it delivers to design engineers and is already applying his experience to promote the benefits of EDAC and MH interconnect solutions to distributors and their customers in the European market space.