A message from Maria Powell, Managing Director, Lorient Group Limited
Just before Christmas, you’ll have most likely heard the exciting news that the Lorient Group was acquired by ASSA ABLOY. While this heralds a new dawn for our amazing teams and opens up huge opportunities for us & our customers right around the world – it also inevitably brings with it change.
For most of the Lorient Group – it is still very much business as usual – but in the UK there’s going to be one important change. After 23 years with the company, I will be retiring at the end of January! The role of
For my part – I have loved (almost) every minute of owning Lorient with my fellow shareholders; Tom Kingdon and Jason Williams and am immensely proud of what we’ve achieved both in the UK and throughout our international group. We have some of the best people in the market and I will miss them all a great deal. Unashamedly I believe that we have the best Marketing team in the industry, which I know will continue to work with professionalism and integrity, to reinforce our values and to position Lorient as a premium brand.
During my tenure, I have also been very proud to have worked with some very passionate and talented individuals outside of Lorient, from across many businesses in our sector – many of whom have become lifelong friends. What they have in common is that they all strive to raise standards and promote best practice. Mostly this is done via hard-working Trade Associations such as the BWF and of course the GAI where I was
So, for me, a little more time to breathe lies ahead. The bucket list is already primed. But I won’t be able to detach myself from the fortunes of Lorient altogether. I know I will watch with pride as Lorient continues to thrive and prosper as part of the ASSA ABLOY group and under the leadership of Kerry. Years from now I will undoubtedly be able to sit back and say “Wow – we really did build a good thing!” As Lorient celebrates 40 years in business this summer, I will raise a glass to its past successes, great people and
I wish all those I have worked with, laughed with, cried with, gone into battle with and even fallen out with - all the very best!
Signing off …