Tile Africa appoints new
Lachlan Harris has been appointed as the new general manager of Tile Africa, having joined the company after many years in the motor industry. After 17 years at BMW South Africa, where he started as a business management consultant and then held a number of senior positions in the sales and marketing division, he ended as general manager of BMW Motorcycle Division. Subsequently, Harris joined Suzuki South Africa as managing director, a position he held until joining Tile Africa. He obtained his BCom degree at Wits University and his BCompt Honours at UNISA and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1992. He served his articles at Ernst & Young and, after qualifying, joined BMW South Africa. He held the position of general manager at BMW
The first Grand Designs Staged by Specialised Exhibitions at the Coca-Cola Dome in Northcliff earlier this year, the much-anticipated inaugural event for Grand Designs Live South Africa enjoyed enthusiastic reviews from the thousands of visitors as well as the exhibitors that attended this one-of-a-kind show. Grand Designs Live provided a showcase of the finest in South African design from décor, kitchens and bathrooms, to gardens and building.
Motorcycle Division for six years, and started in his new position with Tile Africa on 1 July. “In my experience, the retail side is key to the business,” says Harris. For this reason, he plans to spend time in the field at Tile Africa branches where he will identify areas of strength and, more importantly, opportunities for future growth. Commenting on the future of this national chain of retailers, Harris says, “I would like to see Tile Africa achieve and maintain a leading position in the market by building on the progress achieved over the previous couple of years.” Tile Africa, supplier of local and international tiles and bathroom and kitchen fittings, consists of 37 national retail branches as part of its retail division, and a contracts division (Tile Africa Contracts) serving large corporate customers and the professional specifying market. The company is part of the long-standing and successful Norcros group comprising Tile Africa, Johnson Tiles and TAL Adhesives.
Lachlan Harris, general manager Tile Africa
Grand Designs Live was MC’d by Michelle Garforth-Venter and Jenny Crwys-Williams, who were based in the exhibition’s Grand Theatre. Other well-known professionals took part in theatre sessions around the show and provided insight into their fields of expertise and gave handy tips to show visitors in an entertaining and informative way. This included the interaction at the Chefs’ Theatre where Jeremy Mansfield and Arnold Tanzer held interactive cooking demonstrations throughout the show, and Vicky Crease, who had just returned from Las Vegas where she won the Best International Catering Award at the CATIES Awards. The exhibitors at the show were pleased with the response and levels of interest from those in attendance and were already asking if a date had been set for the next show – proof that the show
was a great success.
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