Industry veteran David Peace is retiring after a 40-year career in the housewares and electrical business.
Though known to most in the industry through his long involvement with Meyer, Peace started out as a professional musician, playing with many leading jazz and blues musicians.
After some years he joined House of Fraser on its management training programme, and this was followed by periods with Carron, Electrolux and Tower Housewares. However, for the past 25 years he has been part of Meyer Group, initially as one of the UK founding team of just three sales and marketing management.
As sales director, Peace helped transform the business significantly from very humble beginnings to becoming a top supplier to the UK marketplace, and he has seen three relocations of the company’s headquarters.
After moving to take over export sales Peace finally set up his own business some six years ago, looking after export sales for not only Meyer but Typhoon, Challs, Nordicware and Imperial. He has also been involved with market reports for UKTI.
Peace was a board member of the British Hardware & Housewares Manufacturers Association (now British Home Enhancement Trade Association), and president for two years. He is also a director of Cranfield University Management Association.
“After all these years it will be quite an adjustment to say cheers to the industry,” Peace told HousewaresLive.net. “Please send my thanks to your colleagues, many of whom have been a great support over the years.”