With the departure of long-serving MD Bob Mundy, Andrew Richardson has assumed the helm at UK-based Adam Hall Ltd as the company moves towards greater “integration” with its German sister operation, writes David Davies.
Richardson (pictured) has spent the last three years working as the flight case hardware and audio distribution firm’s general manager, and describes his rise to MD as “a natural progression. All the way through, I had been learning from Bob and taking on more responsibility. Ultimately, Bob opted for retirement, so it was an easy transition.”
Simultaneously, another long-serving Adam Hall Ltd employee – Ian Little – has stepped up from his role as accounts manager to become finance director.
Having completed the changeover, Richardson is looking forward to a new phase for the company that will see enhanced cooperation with Adam Hall GmbH. He also anticipates making more extensive use of the 7,000sqm European logistics centre in Neu-Anspach, which was opened in October 2008.
“Our priorities are increased support to customers, greater utilisation of the German logistics facility and much more integration between us and the German operation,” Richardson tells PSN-e. “In the past, Adam Hall has been very much two separate companies, but with the way the business is going today we need to be more of a unified operation across Europe.”
Further additions to the UK distribution portfolio – recently swelled by Italian loudspeaker brand FaitalPRO – are possible, although they would have to be considered in a Europe-wide context. “If it’s a UK market-only product, we have to question whether it is of benefit to the group as a whole,” says Richardson.
Immediate plans include the introduction of a new column speaker system, Wave 28, at Prolight+Sound in April, and the continued exploration of new market sectors.
“When a recession comes along, some people will use that as a crutch [to explain why business conditions are challenging],” says Richardson. “Others, like us, try to find new opportunities, so the team at Adam Hall is focused on developing its existing business and identifying new avenues into which we can push the product.”