Major changes at the top for Smeg and Omega

By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: Andrew Cronin’s resignation from Omega Appliances after 21 years in the business is one of several key changes at the top from within Hagemeyer's portfolio of appliance brands.

Cronin tendered his resignation from the role of general manager last Friday (27 August 2010) after seven years at the helm. Prior to this, Cronin served more than two decades at Omega Appliances, including roles in marketing and sales. Hagemeyer CEO Mark Bilton confirmed that Cronin chose to finish at Hagemeyer immediately.

“[Andrew Cronin] is well regarded in the industry, and has a long standing affinity with the Smeg brand,” said Bilton. “Andrew has also been paramount in the success of the Omega brand in the Australian market.

“I wish to thank Andrew for his long standing commitment to his people, and the brands he represents, and wish him every success for his future.”

Until a permanent replacement is found, Bilton will assume an acting GM role for the Omega Appliances division of Hagemeyer. He will be assisted in this role by Wayne McCarthy.

As reported on Current.com.au in late July, Hagemeyer is currently restructuring its brands portfolio, with the Omega and Altise brands to move into the MEA division, which is currently home to Blanco and De Dietrich. Smeg will assume a more independent place in Hagemeyer once this transition is completed.

MEA itself has been affected by staff movements, with Gavan McKenna replacing Shane McNulty as its general manager. McKenna was appointed last Thursday (26 August 2010). Bilton thanked McNulty for his “commitment and dedication” to the Hagemeyer business during his 10 at the company.

McKenna has been with Hagemeyer for two-and-a-half years, originally as the national marketing manager for Omega Appliances and then in the same role at MEA.

“Gavan is well respected within the industry, and will lead the MEA business with passion and determination,” Bilton said.

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