ARDEX Group names new MD

Managing director of ARDEX and BAL Peter Bell has passed the role onto his deputy David Hackett

14 Aug, 23

After more than 20 years with tiling products supplier ARDEX and over 10 years with adhesive manufacturer BAL, managing director Peter Bell has passed the role onto his deputy David Hackett.

ARDEX and BAL name new MD

Peter Bell has not only led ARDEX and BAL but is also an ARDEX Global Management Committee member and holds roles on boards, including India, Ireland, and the Middle East, which he will retain until the end of 2023.

Australian-born David Hackett started his career with the ARDEX Group after the acquisition of Australian Building Adhesives (ABA), along with its sister company Building Adhesives Ltd (BAL) in 2001.

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Moving to Europe in 2007, Hackett completed MBA studies in international business throughout several countries including Russia, United States, China, India, Romania, and Austria.

He worked at the ARDEX head office in German,y where he was responsible for global marketing for the ARDEX Group.

In 2011, Hackett moved to BAL in Stoke-on-Trent where he took on the role of sales & marketing director.

In 2016, he became general manager at Building Adhesives, and been part of the UK leadership team for the past six years, prior to alignment of Ardex and Bal and consolidation of UK management.

Outgoing managing director Peter Bell commented: “David’s promotion to UK Managing Director is a great example of how the ARDEX group opens development pathways for its key people.

“It also demonstrates how we promote from within, and how we encourage people to take on international assignments to open up career progression opportunities.

“As part of passing the baton to David, we expect our UK businesses to continue to thrive under his leadership.

“His commitment to our people, our customers and our strategic vision make him a great choice to lead our talented team into the future. I am confident that ARDEX & BAL will continue to succeed and achieve new milestones under his leadership.”

Newly appointed managing director David Hackett said: “ARDEX and BAL’s strategic focus areas are strongly aligned to our core values and include a focus on developing our people, accelerating our digital capabilities, the innovative & sustainable solutions we provide customers, and maintaining our customer-centric approach. “

This is about listening to our customers’ needs and improving the products & services we provide, based on their feedback.”

David continued: “I am excited and honoured to be stepping into the role of managing director and look forward to building on Peter’s impressive legacy.

“ARDEX UK & BAL have a fantastic culture, a tremendous team, and an unparalleled enthusiasm for making a difference.

“We do this through outstanding products, expert advice and excellent customer service.”