29 May 2024, 02:50
By Furniture News May 18, 2022

New CEO for fabric leader

Contract fabric supplier Panaz has announced that its current COO, Rollie Attard, will be superseding his father, Tony Attard, as the company’s CEO.

Since joining Panaz six years ago, Rollie has played an integral role in ensuring the business’ accelerated growth throughout the hospitality, healthcare and corporate sectors across Europe and America.

As CEO, Rollie will be responsible for leading the company’s sustained expansion throughout these industries by fostering the company’s continued commitment to technical innovation, design development and collaboration.

With an undergraduate degree in Financial Economics from Leeds University and a Masters in Management from London Business School, Rollie has extensive experience in sales and marketing management, following roles at Gousto and Amazon. Rollie joined Panaz in 2015 as the East Coast regional sales manager for the USA, before returning to Panaz’s UK headquarters in 2018 as COO.

Rollie says: “My father founded Panaz based on a culture of innovation and with a commitment to designing and supplying a complete range of beautiful and fire-retardant contract fabrics that set the standard for both aesthetics and performance.

“This dedication continues to be reflected throughout all areas of the business as we work together to push the boundaries and expectations of contract fabric capabilities. I look forward to driving this even further as CEO and carrying on my father’s legacy.”

Having led the firm for 35 years and achieving many high-profile international accolades throughout this period, Tony will now become chairman of the growing number of companies under Panaz Holdings, which includes Panaz Ltd, ESF Ltd and Chase Erwin Ltd.

As former president of the British Contract Furnishings Association (and now master of The Furniture Makers' Company), and honoured by the Queen for his contribution to design, Tony has been a driving force throughout the industry for his entire career.

Tony says: “Since I founded the business in 1987, Panaz has grown from just a handful of people to now being a stronghold of global designers and suppliers that achieve design excellence and differentiation through technical innovation. I am extremely proud of everything that we have achieved over the last 35 years and I look forward to seeing how the business grows with Rollie at the helm.”

Pictured: Rollie and Tony Attard

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