Home solutions specialist Häfele UK recently boosted its senior management team with the appointment of Anthony Haworth as supply chain director. Mr Haworth’s appointment into this newly created role underpins Häfele’s commitment to forging even closer relationships with its partners and suppliers.

Mr Haworth joins the business with 18 years’ experience in distribution and wholesale, and boasts a strong global sourcing perspective from operating within UK and Pan European markets.

As supply chain director, Mr Haworth will sit on the Häfele board and manage a 35-strong team. The role’s responsibilities include; sourcing, stock control, procurement and product management across Häfele’s extensive product range, bringing new products to market and supplier liaison.

The new structure is further strengthened by the appointment of Gary Eccles as head of category. Mr Eccles will lead Häfele’s product management team and support Mr Haworth in leading the business’ product management initiatives and branching out to partners and suppliers.

Mr Haworth said: “Since coming on board we’ve focused on bringing the teams together and putting a structure in place to support future growth. We’ve always put partners and suppliers at the heart of the business, on a local, national and global basis, but now we’re keen to foster collaborative relationships to meet common objectives and realise joint goals.

“We’re planning various initiatives for 2016, with an emphasis on supplier integration and forging partnerships that result in long-term strategic alignment, rather than just purely transactional deals. It’s about us doing the right things with the right people in the right places.”