The Board of the AVA has introduced that David Llewellyn is to be the brand new leader government of the Automatic Vending Association (AVA). David will take over from the present CEO Jonathan Hart who leaves the organisation on April 6.
Over the previous few months, the Board has been accumulating the perspectives of its participants concerning the course and goals of the AVA to assist formulate a coherent technique. Some adjustments have already been signalled: the upgrading of the regional conferences into occasions hosted through participants round the United Kingdom; the announcement of an AVEX-style birthday celebration of 90 years of the AVA in 2019; and the freezing of participants’ subscriptions for 2018.
David will likely be leaving his present function as gross sales director Europe for Seaga Manufacturing all over March and will likely be stepping down from his function as chair of the AVA. He will likely be operating along Jonathan till his departure to make sure a clean handover.
David brings a wealth of merchandising and industry wisdom to the function having been concerned within the merchandising industry for over 23 years. He has been fascinated about all facets of merchandising: as a provider of components and kit with Nestlé & MultiSnack; as a countrywide operator via his personal corporate; and likewise, since 2010, as a merchandising apparatus provider via Seaga Manufacturing.
This choice has coincided with the announcement that the Clare Foundation is making plans to promote the Saunderton Estate in Buckinghamshire, the place the AVA places of work are primarily based which can sadly impact some AVA body of workers. The web page appears set to be evolved into housing through the brand new house owners, which means that the AVA has needed to search for new premises. This has given the AVA a chance to re-locate to a space with a readily to be had personnel, simple shipping hyperlinks and availability of low price place of job area. As a consequence, the AVA place of job will transfer to Leeds later within the yr.
David commented: “I’d like to thank Jonathan Hart for his sterling work at the AVA during some very challenging circumstances and I am looking forward to working with him to create a seamless handover. In taking on this role, it is a great opportunity for me to get more deeply involved with the AVA and its members. It is a time of change – as change is needed – to advance the cause of vending in the UK and the interests of its members. It is an exciting and exhilarating prospect, with a chance to engage with AVA members whilst driving the relevance of the AVA ‘badge’ with end users and specifiers.”
Graham Kingaby, deputy chair of the AVA commented: “Change always creates challenges and opportunities, but I know I speak on behalf of the AVA Board in welcoming David’s appointment and in offering our full support as he builds on Jonathan’s work and helps prepare the AVA for a successful future.”