Arco announces new managing director

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 30 May 2018

Arco has announced the appointment of David Evison as its new managing director.

Mr Evison joined Arco in 2014 and previously held the position of finance director at the safety equipment company.

With more than 20 years’ of board-level experience with Sainsbury’s and William Jacksons Food Group, he will now lead Arco’s commercial strategy as the business moves forward.

Mr Evison said: “Arco has a deserved reputation as a market leader and our plans for the future remain unchanged, as we continue to drive for the performance that will support the “game-changing” investments that underpin our business. 

“We are constantly driving our business to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers and our core value remains the same, to make sure everyone comes home safely at the end of the day. 

“I look forward to leading Arco to achieve these ambitions.”

Arco’s latest investment programme includes a new customer engagement centre to be opened in July 2018, its £20m Digital First initiative, the launch of Arco Professional Safety Services, and the £25m expansion of its National Distribution Centre in Hull.

Read more: Work begins on new £25m Arco distribution site creating up to 200 jobs

The new centre will double its warehouse and distribution capacity, and create up to 200 new jobs when it opens in 2019.

Mr Evison’s new role will now oversee and drive the success of Arco, and ensure it continues with its core aim to “keep people safe at work.”

Thomas Martin, Arco’s chairman, said: “David’s appointment as Managing Director comes at an exciting time for our business. 

“We have ambitious plans for the future success of Arco, and David is the right leader to help us deliver these. He brings with him not only a wealth of commercial experience but also a deep understanding and passion, for our business and our values. 

“He has a strong leadership style and is already inspiring our people, and creating significant momentum throughout the company.”

Read more: Arco to create 90 jobs in Hull with new national centre

Arco was recently credited in a report as playing a central role in the growth of Hull’s digital and technology sector.

Work is also now underway on the company’s £25m distribution centre.

Mr Martin said the 130-year-old firm had been advised to open its new centre in West Yorkshire, but had stood firm to its Hull roots.

The new centre will be linked to Arco’s existing building – close to the A63 – will be the size of more than 210 Olympic-sized swimming pools, and when completed will be able to store around 40,000 pallets.

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