Keylite Roof Windows (Keylite) has appointed Shane Kerlin as Managing Director for UK and Ireland, replacing Jim Blanthorne who becomes Keylite Group Managing Director.

With 18-years’ experience in multiple markets and business sectors, Kerlin has been Director of Finance at Keylite since December 2019.

He will focus on sales and distribution performance of domestic market areas, alongside newly appointed Sales Director for the region, James Malkin.

Having graduated from Queen’s University of Belfast with a BSc in Finance; Kerlin started his career in the food industry with Kerry Group PLC both at home and internationally.

Since then, he has held a number of senior positions, most recently that of Finance Director for Bunzl McLaughlin, which forms part of Bunzl PLC – a FTSE 100 company listed on the UK stock exchange. 

Kerlin commented: “I joined Keylite as Finance Director in 2019 with responsibility for the Finance, Procurement and IT within the business.

“However, after only 12 weeks on the job, Covid demanded that both the UK and Irish economies locked down, necessitating the need to understand the true workings of the company in a very unfamiliar landscape.

“We continued to have some of the most turbulent years in construction with great upside and downside risk for companies, which has required strong management to ensure that customer service was at the heart of the company at all times.”

To enable Keylite to accelerate growth, current Managing Director Jim Blanthorne will also take on the role of Keylite Group Managing Director as part of the new change of structure.

Blanthorne commented: “I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Shane on his new role and support him and the team in the coming months.

“I have every confidence that, with the support of the wider sales team, including our relatively recent appointments of James Malkin as Sales Director, Lee Squelch as Regional Sales Director GB, Rob Lee as Regional Sales Director Ireland and Lewis Scott as National Account Manager for House Builders, this sales organisation will accelerate our market share growth actions.   

“I will take on the role of Keylite Group MD, with a focus on the International expansion of our innovative range into new market areas, oversight of our planned multi-million-pound factory automation programme and the development of new product ranges that we have identified to manufacture in-house.”