Posts from March 2010

Distributor of the Year 2009

Quorum Technologies has launched a Distributor of the Year award, and are delighted to announce that the 2009 winner is German distributor, Gala Instrumente.

“One of the key reasons for the success of our business over many years is the strength, dedication and professionalism of our worldwide distribution,” explained Mike Wombwell, Sales and Marketing Director at Quorum Technologies. “This award aims to recognise these qualities year on year across our network of over 60 distributors globally.” 

Mike presented the Distributor of the Year 2009 award to Gala Instrumente’s Managing Director Dr. Jost Gabler (pictured) during the recent Electron Microscopy Course in Münster, Germany. 

Jost commented: “I am delighted to accept the first award of its kind on behalf of my company, and think it’s a great idea for Quorum Technologies to introduce this. The English sparkling wine we have also received will certainly go down well with my colleagues!” 

Mike continued: “For many years Gala Instrumente have provided world-class support for our many German customers. The level of sales in 2009 was exceptional and covered all product types - including very strong sales of cryo-SEM preparation systems. 

“Gala specialise in electron microscopy specimen preparation and are therefore not only able to offer dedicated sales and after-sales support, but they also feed back valuable information on new techniques and customer requirements which we can use in the development of future products. Well done to Gala Instrumente!” 

Quorum Technologies appoints new MD

Bob Kenhard, founder of Quorum Technologies, is taking his planned retirement from the day-to-day management of the company following its acquisition by Judges Scientific plc last year. As of 1 March 2010, Kevin Breen has now taken over the role of Managing Director.

Having started his career in research and development, Kevin (pictured) has worked in sales and marketing, followed by general management. As well as the experience he brings to the role, Kevin also has a BSc in Physics, an MSc and an MBA, and is a Chartered Engineer.

On joining the team, Kevin commented: “I am very much looking forward to building on the good work Bob has done in growing Quorum Technologies to be a leading player in the electron microscopy preparation instrumentation market, and also looking forward to providing customers with the new and improved products and services already in the pipeline.” 

Kevin was formerly CEO of City Technology plc, a management buy-out from City University, which was acquired by the FTSE-listed First Technology PLC. He joined the Board of First Technology to run their gas sensing businesses, and was a key part of the Executive Team that sold First Technology to Honeywell Inc in 2006. 

Prior to that, he held several senior management roles in the Halma Group PLC, running three of its manufacturing subsidiaries at different times. He has extensive experience of growing technology and instrumentation businesses, and of rolling out sophisticated products into international markets. 

Bob and his colleagues have welcomed Kevin to the team. “I am now in the process of delivering a handover of the business and commercial relationships to Kevin, and it is great to have him with us," said Bob. "After stepping down, I will continue to be involved with Quorum Technologies as a non-executive director and consultant, and will help with special projects.”