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JHS Appoints Paul Smith as Managing Director Along with Further Management Changes U . K . -based MI manufacturer and distributor John Hornby Skewes & Co . Ltd . ( JHS ) has announced the appointment of Paul Smith to the role of managing director .
Founded in 1965 , JHS is a family-owned and led manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments and accessories , offering a range of over 4,500-plus products across a combination of third-party distributed and proprietary brands through a variety of channels in over 150 countries . In Canada , its distributed brands include Encore , JHS Hornby , Laka , and more .
The company says Smith ’ s talent , drive , creativity , diligence , determination , technical knowledge , people skills , empathy , and other attributes will stand him in good stead in his new position in directing the company ’ s overall activities , direction , and future path .
As well , Adam Butterworth , who joined the company in 2006 , is appointed to the position of director of sales . Butterworth , who has been instrumental in the growth and consolidation and success of JHS ’ export business , will be bringing his commercial acumen and sales skills to bear across JHS ’ export and domestic sales activities .
Simon Turnbull , another long-serving JHS team member is appointed to the position of media and communications manager , looking after all aspects of the company ’ s strategic and creative design team , managing the overall operation and creative thrust of the company ’ s web , social media , PR , media and content creation , communications , publications , packaging and graphic design , and exhibitions activities . In JHS ’ s Purchasing Department , it announced the appointment of Dominic Rossington to the role of senior buyer . Dennis Drumm has handed the JHS managing director baton to Smith , and he will be taking up the role of CEO , and will be working with Smith , the directors , managers , and staff in all departments across the company and with external sources and contributors , with a focus on future commercial and brand strategies , direction and specific projects , ensuring that nearly five decades of all facets of commercial sales and business management experience in both retail and MI distribution remains available to support the JHS management team , its customers , and suppliers .
JHS will continue to be chaired by Linda Drumm , who has worked in every department in the company since she first became involved in the family firm in 1975 .
For more information , contact JHS : + 44-0-113-286-5381 , info @ jhs . co . uk , www . jhs . co . uk .