Hanson Cement has made two senior promotions; Mark Hickingbottom has been appointed national commercial director, bulk cement; while Andy Simpson becomes national commercial director – packed.

The newly appointed directors will work collaboratively to ensure products and services exceed customer requirements, reflecting Hanson’s aim to always be first choice by providing excellent service and solutions.

Mr Hickingbottom has extensive sales and marketing experience within Hanson’s bulk cement team. He is an associate member of The Institute of Concrete Technology and in his 12 plus years at Hanson has been successful in delivering strategic plans across its product range.

Mr Simpson, previously responsible for sales of all Hanson’s packed products, will build on developing strong trading relations with merchant customers as well as working with internal teams to ensure service excellence is delivered at every stage of customers’ interaction with the business. He has over 15 years’ experience with Hanson.

The appointments follow the recent retirement of commercial director Keith Ellis.

Jim Claydon, managing director of Hanson Cement, said: “I look forward to working with Mark and Andy in their new roles and developing new and existing customer relationships to fulfil our aim of becoming the go-to company in this competitive market.”