On 1st October, value-added distributor ArtSystems appointed Simon Cooksey as its new Operations Director. Simon had already been General Manager at the Nottingham-based company since 2009 and has held senior sales and marketing roles in his 11 years there.
Steve Hawker, managing director at ArtSystems, comments, "Simon’s appointment is in recognition not only of his superb work over the last couple of years in bringing our quality processes like ISO 9001 up to spec but also in overseeing expansion in key sections of the company like our technical department. It also ensures that the company has the right level of senior management in place for key developments such as our ISO14001 programme and legal compliances."
He continues, "ArtSystems is unique amongst value added distributors in its commitment to quality programmes; we are already the only distributor in the wide format sector to hold full PEFC and FSC Chain of Custody accreditation. This commitment is reinforced with Simon’s promotion."
Simon Cooksey adds, "The key fact with any quality review or programme is to actively engage both staff and customers to improve what we do. Many aspects of our work require close understanding of our customers’ needs and our aim is to continue this and deepen our understanding in the coming months."
The new position will see Simon taking forward the ISO 14001 quality programme, widening the scope of our ISO9001: 2008 Quality Management System. He will also be initiating a series of companywide programmes that embrace all aspects of ArtSystems business processes, with the aim of extending the company’s competitive advantage.
[photo shows Simon Cooksey]