Lee Newman has been appointed as managing director of Pipe Center and Climate Center, the specialist HVAC business unit of Wolseley UK.

Mr Newman will be joining the business in September 2013 from BGL Group.

With extensive executive-level experience, Mr Newman’s previous roles include UK operations director at HSS Hire Services, as well as managing director of e-commerce and new business at Wolseley UK.

Steve Ashmore, managing director, Wolseley UK, said: “Lee has been appointed to take Pipe Center and Climate Center to the next level and capitalise on the exciting growth opportunities that we believe will emerge in the future.

“With a track record of delivering step changes in business performance, I’m delighted to welcome Lee back to Wolseley UK in this key leadership role.”

The current managing director of Pipe Center and Climate Center, Dean Fradgley, is leaving Wolseley UK following a structured handover with Lee, to become the chief executive of a company with leading market positions in Australasia.