Meiko puts succession plan in place for long-serving UK boss Bill Downie

Bill Downie, managing director

Long-serving Meiko managing director Bill Downie will be replaced by Hoshizaki’s Paul Anderson when he retires in April, it was reported today.

Succession plans at the warewashing manufacturer are now underway, according to FEJ’s sister publication Catering Insight.

Mr Downie (main picture) has led Meiko’s UK business for almost 30 years. It is one of the largest suppliers of warewashing equipment in the market, with sales of £17m a year and a staff of 90.

When he took over, the company was primarily focused on supplying large warewashing systems to airline caterers located at Heathrow, which prompted the opening of an office in nearby Slough.

Today its systems are used right across the market in hotels, restaurants, schools and hospitals. It also supplies vacuum food waste systems.

Mr Anderson is currently UK director of sales at Hoshizaki and prior to that he worked for combi oven manufacturer Rational.

Confirmation of the exact date when he will take over is expected to be announced in due course.

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