IPH-Brammer is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Gaarn Thomsen as the new CEO of the IPH-Brammer Group, effective from 3 April 2018.
Martin joins from ISS A/S, one of the world’s leading facilities services companies, where he has served as Group COO since 2016. ISS has more than 480,000 employees and activities in over 70 countries across Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Pacific. In 2017, it had a turnover of €10.64bn and is publicly listed on Nasdaq.
Martin’s earlier career with ISS includes the position of CEO for ISS in Denmark where he led a major transformation of the home market of the ISS Group, delivering significant improvements in employee engagement, customer satisfaction, sales growth and profitability. He has served as Regional CEO of Western Europe leading a major turnaround during the financial crises and he has also served as Regional CEO of Asia & Pacific, expanding the business into five new markets and turning the region into high growth and high profitability across 13 countries. Before joining ISS in 1999, Martin worked with Coca-Cola and PA Consulting Group.
Commenting on the appointment, Johan Sleebus, IPH-Brammer Group Chairman and Interim CEO said: “On behalf of the Board, I am very pleased to welcome Martin to IPH-Brammer. Martin is an inspiring business leader with strong business transformation experience and a track record of delivering growth and profitability in a service industry similar to ours. He has led teams to deliver both top- and bottom-line growth in both high-growth and recession-hit environments and he has a valuable combination of customer perspective, market focus and operational knowledge. Martin’s leadership, combined with our strengthened and motivated senior team, means that we are better placed than ever to serve our customers and to accelerate our sales and profit growth.”
Commenting on his appointment, Martin said: ”I am delighted to be joining IPH-Brammer at such an exciting time for the company. I am really looking forward to working with the leadership team to continue the transformation of the business to deliver industry-leading service for our customers and shaping the future of the European industrial distribution sector.”