Banks Sadler: new role for MD as COO installed

Banks Sadler has installed former Booking Services International (BSI) deputy managing director Richard Eades as chief operating officer and announced that French event specialist Jonathan Findlay will be the man to launch its Paris office. Eades has some 26 years experience with venues and agencies, including the time at BSI as well as Venues Unlimited and Expotel and as a past chairman of the HBAA (Hotel Booking Agents Association). Leigh Jagger, former managing director and newly appointed chief executive officer will take on responsibility for strategic development, sales and marketing and all client relationships at a strategic level. Eades will be responsible for day-to-day operations at Banks Sadler with particular focus on areas such as HR, IT, customer Service and commercial direction. “These are exciting times to be joining Banks Sadler and I am very much looking forward to getting involved in the next phase of its development,” said Eades. “The company has undergone significant growth in the last five years and I have no doubt we can continue in this vein by further tapping into the skills and experience of the team.” Findlay meanwhile becomes director, France. He has been in the country since 1991, promoting international brands within the French market in a self-employed capacity. He has 12 years experience in providing international marketing and events for a portfolio of blue-chip clients. He will initially, be focusing on building a team and developing client relationships. “The French market has huge potential and I expect clients to welcome a new player into the sector,” Findlay said. Leigh concluded, “We are delighted to welcome Richard and Jonathan on board. Both of them bring significant experience, yet each is capable of thinking “outside the box”; enabling us to evaluate and take advantage of new opportunities whilst ensuring clients continue to receive the best service in the industry.”

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