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Ultra Furniture appoint Jim O’Donnell as Design & Commercial Manager

jim odonnellUltra Furniture have announced the appointment of Jim O’Donnell as Design & Commercial Manager.

Jim brings over 35 years of industry experience to Ultra Furniture. Jim’s experience and knowledge has come from his time working for G-Plan, Pendal Furniture, Buoyant Upholstery and most recently Lebus Upholstery where Jim was Managing Director for 12 years. After taking a break to recharge his batteries he is now ready to bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to assist in Ultra’s strategic growth plans.

Jim says

“Ultra Furniture has a fantastic team in place and after meeting the directors it was clear to me that this company is constantly striving to improve, evolve and grow so it was great to be asked to join the team. I feel that the directors appreciate me having worked with them in the past and I honestly have a great feeling about joining them. I am raring to go and I am looking forward to creating an alternative look for Ultra Furniture.”

Glenn Aston, Ultra’s Managing Director, is confident that Jim’s appointment will help to enhance Ultra’s design capability and market reputation.

Glenn says

“To recruit someone of Jim’s ability, knowledge and expertise against some competition from other UK upholstery companies is a massive vote of confidence in Ultra and its’ future plans.

Since the restructuring of the Board in February of this year Ultra has identified areas which needed strengthening; one of which was Design & Development, where it believes its future lies. Ultra is now continuing to invest in its Design & Development capability whereby we have recently taken on 2,200 square feet of additional office space and new showroom, which will subsequently enable us to increase the Development production area. An additional development upholsterer starts on Monday 9th June 2014 and the search for another continues. We are also a long way down the road in our search for an additional furniture designer.

Jim’s appointment is the first of many ‘key’ recruits for Ultra as we set out on our strategic growth plans and we are looking forward to exciting times ahead!”