Russ Pannell has been appointed to take over the role of Christeyns’ regional manager as Keith Stone, retires from the business to move to British Overseas Territory St Helena after 20 years’ service. Stone joined Bradford-based Christeyns in September 2001 and was a key member of the Southern team, working initially as an account manager, then deputy manager and latterly area manager for the South East.
CALMER WATERS: Russ Pannell, pictured, takes over the role of area sales manager at Christeyns as customers begin to get busier as industry opens up again
Pannell, who joined Christeyns in 2016 and has a long career in the laundry and hygiene sector, started out as a washer extractor maintenance engineer before moving to the hygiene chemical side where he has held several senior operational management roles.
“I am looking forward to the new challenges this role will offer,” said Pannell. “I worked closely with Keith for several years and he will be a hard act to follow but I hope to achieve continued sales growth, developing my team and providing a first-class service.
“Fortunately we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and customers are getting busier by the day.”
Operations director Justin Kerslake commented on the appointment, saying: “Popular with his peers, Russ shows immense enthusiasm and is dedicated to customer service. He will be a strong addition to the CUK management structure.”
In his spare time, Pannell is a keen amateur yachtsman often sailing on the River Medway and in the English Channel. He also cycles and plays badminton.