Daikin Applied UK appoint new MD
UK – Daikin Applied (UK) today confirmed that Bob Cowlard had been appointed Managing Director of the firm on Monday 9th November 2015 and would henceforth assume the overall responsibility for the day to day running of the business. The announcement marks another important milestone in the company’s development following the decision to rebrand as Daikin Applied after its April name change from McQuay (UK) Ltd.
Mr Cowlard brings extensive HVAC industry experience to the post as he previously served as both vice-president and general manager for Sanyo Airconditioners Europe before his most recent role as Managing Director at electronic controls company Carel UK.
Cowlard expressed his satisfaction at being appointed to the role, declaring ‘’I feel very fortunate to have this chance as it is one of those rare opportunities where the new MD gets to join an already successful business with an existing senior management team in place, as no one is leaving to make space for me, this allows me the chance to review the business and then focus upon the improvements that I can bring.”
Daikin Applied UK’s new managing director also confirmed that Jim Henley, the former general manager of McQuay UK, would continue to serve as head of sales, stating “Having Jim Henley leading the sales I know that these will go from strength to strength, so whilst not wanting to pre-empt anything at this stage, I do know that I will be focusing a good amount of my time at the manufacturing facility at Cramlington and also upon the marketing and brand positioning of the product range, both the current and the future development that we will put in place’’
Mr Cowlard concluded his statement by seeking to outline his immediate objectives in his new role, saying ‘’No one needs to be reminded what the Daikin name represents in the air conditioning market and it is now clear that the same market leading approach needs to be brought to the Applied (AHU & Chiller) side of the business. To some people it is not clear what the difference between the two businesses are in the UK, in short, it is all about the sales channel and customer experience but I’m hoping that in the next few months that will become much clearer as the Daikin Applied offering is strengthened.’’