Leading distributor Exertis has announced the appointment of Rik Hubbard as commercial and services director for its mobile division.
In this role, Hubbard will be working with the sales and purchasing teams to maximise performance of the division’s market leading vendors across the consumer and business to business areas. In addition, his remit will include building on the opportunity to launch a range of device-focused services from trade-in, repair and refurbishment to finance and service contracts, following the recent announcement of the acquisition of the MTR Group.
Hubbard will report to Exertis mobile director Simon Woodman, who commented: “Rik is joining our team at an exciting time for the mobile division. He brings a wealth of experience having worked for a major vendor and a leading telco and internet service provider.
"We have opportunities to grow in key areas of our business with a superb portfolio of products and solutions to offer our customers. We are now also in a great position to enhance our entanglement still further with our vendor partners and customers by offering additional services to support their business. Rik will play a key role in helping us to achieve that."
A chartered accountant with almost twenty years’ experience in the telco industry, Hubbard joins from Samsung where he was head of commercial finance and financial services for five years, setting up the launch of the S7 Upgrade programme which was the UK’s first manufacturer backed handset upgrade scheme. Prior to that he spent a similar period at Three in a variety of commercial roles.
Hubbard was very positive on his appointment, saying: “Providing services that add value are fundamental to being successful in technology distribution. I am delighted to have joined Exertis, a company at the forefront of mobile distribution with an outstanding product and solutions portfolio, and one with the drive and ambition to look for and add complementary services that make a positive contribution to revenue and profit for partners and customers. I look forward to building on this success and working with a vibrant, award-winning team."
Exertis also recently announced its acquisition of the MTR Group, a leading mobile refurbishment and reverse logistics provider, based in Harlow.