Smeg has issued a statement following the departure of Smeg Australia managing director, Jim Kalotheos last month.

“After 22 years with Smeg Australia, including four years as managing director, Jim Kalotheos resigned last month to seek new challenges and further develop his leadership skills,” the statement said.

“Kalotheos worked across most areas of the business, including general manager sales and marketing, as well as national and state sales manager and national marketing manager, after commencing as an account manager in the late 1990s.

“Kalotheos has achieved well-deserved respect and admiration from both Smeg employees and the wider appliance industry and, since the announcement, is sincerely grateful for the good wishes of Smeg staff and colleagues, customers, media and the general industry.”

Within the statement, Smeg CEO, Vittorio Bertazzoni commented, “Jim Kalotheos will always be a member of the Smeg family. I thank him for his passion for the brand and products and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.”

Wayne Campbell has been appointed managing director, following his tenure as Smeg Australia’s national sales manager for retail.