Race back as Parfetts chairman

Industry stalwart takes new role heading up wholesaler’s board

Former Bestway Managing Director Martin Race has come out of retirement following his appointment as chairman of Parfetts‘ trust board.

Race’s new role – which comes as a replacement for outgoing chairman, Graham Nuttall – will last for two years initially, with the needs of the trust board and company being reviewed after this time.

The move comes almost a year to the day since Race retired from his position at Bestway and was given a special award at FWD’s Gold Medals in recognition of his incredible service to wholesale.

Race will now chair biannual meetings between the board as they review performance and are updated on executive strategy.

Joint Managing Director Greg Susczenia and David Grimes will form part of the board alongside employee-elected members, Aaron Forward and Kerry Brennan, who are chair and vice-chair of Central Voice.

“I look forward to this new role, which gives me a chance to return, in a small way, to the wholesale sector that I have missed and in a business I have always admired,” said Race.

Race’s appointment comes following an interview process and he was selected as the best person to take the role.

“Having interviewed Martin with my colleague Kerry Brennan, we’re confident he is his own man and will be able to aid both the trust board in their duties and employees at the company,” Forward said.

“Martin’s role will initially last for two years after which all parties will review the needs of the trust board and the company.

“As our company continues to grow, we feel his extensive experience and knowledge of running larger national businesses within the same sector will be an excellent asset for both employees and management alike.”

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