22 June 2024, 12:59
By Furniture News Aug 01, 2023

Ex-SBI CEO to lead contract furniture brand

Yorkshire-based heritage contract furniture brand Shackletons has appointed Donna Bellingham (ex-Sofa Brands International) as its new CEO.

Donna has led boards through acquisition, recession and growth, and joins Shackletons following 18 years as CEO of Parker Knoll, Duresta and Collins & Hayes, all premium furniture brands within the Sofa Brands International stable.

Before that, Donna worked in senior executive roles at Marks and Spencer. 

As CEO, Donna will report directly to Sir Anthony Ullmann, who acquired Shackletons in 2018. He will continue to serve as executive chairman.

Donna says: “I am delighted to be joining Shackletons and having the opportunity to work alongside talented people in all areas of the group. The leadership team has already achieved remarkable success in revitalising the business since its acquisition five years ago, re-establishing this premium brand as a key player in the contract furniture for senior living sector.”

Anthony adds: “Donna’s arrival comes at an important stage in Shackletons' growth. She brings with her a wealth of commercial insight which will be beneficial as she takes the leadership team forward.”  

Other strategic roles have been announced in conjunction with Donna's appointment. Joseph Ullmann has been appointed as commercial director as he continues to lead the sales and marketing departments, while FD Mark Harrison will take on the additional role of operations director. 

Chris Woods has been appointed head of manufacturing. Chris, previously the manufacturing manager with NaughtOne, joined Shackletons in June and has already significantly impacted the company's strategy to invest in local manufacturing.

With these strategic appointments, Shackletons is poised to build upon its legacy of exceptional craftsmanship and unwavering commitment to its customers. The company looks forward to continued growth under Donna Bellingham's leadership and the expertise of its executive team.

Donna concludes: “As we move forward, my focus will be on leveraging our strengths, nurturing a culture of excellence, and exploring new avenues of expansion to further strengthen and grow the brand’s position in the market.”

Pictured – Chris Woods, Donna Bellingham, Sir Anthony Ullmann, Joseph Ullmann and Mark Harrison

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