Exertis names Chris Bale as Head of Transformation

Bale joins the distributor to drive business improvements across Europe.
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Exertis has announced the appointment of Chris Bale to the newly created position of head of transformation, reporting to Exertis International’s managing director Gerry O’Keeffe.

In this role, Bale will be responsible for leading operational and financial best practice across Exertis in Europe.

“I am delighted to welcome Chris to Exertis. He has gained extensive experience in business transformation and change management from his previous roles. His appointment will enable our businesses across Europe to improve their operational efficiency and productivity through not only sharing best practice but also adopting new ways of working that can drive growth, enhance profit and take advantage of new opportunities,” said O’Keeffe.

Bale joins from the Coop where, as head of investment appraisal and transformation finance, he played a pivotal role in supporting the company with their largest transformation programmes. Prior to that, he worked for 11 years at Ernst and Young helping corporates, their owners and lenders to improve performance and liquidity.

“I am joining the international division at Exertis at a fantastic time. The business has set out an exciting strategy of geographic expansion with a number of recent acquisitions already completed. I am looking forward to working with the country management teams to build programmes that can drive significant business improvements and help shape and implement integration projects that maximise the investment,” said Bale.

Bale is a qualified chartered accountant, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a BSc in Chemistry & Molecular Physics.

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