Leading Australian family-owned and operated business, Kennards Hire, is pleased to announce long-term employee, Stuart Dean, as the equipment hire company’s Chief Operations Officer.
Stuart has worked in the hire industry for almost twenty years. He came to Kennards Hire as Group IT Program Manager in 2009, leading the company’s Baseplan front-counter implementation. In 2016 he was promoted to the leadership role of General Manager of IT until 2017, when Stuart and his family moved to Queensland to take up the challenging Queensland General Manager role.
Regarding the recent appointment, CEO, Angus Kennard, said, “I can think of no stronger choice for our new Chief Operations Officer than Stuart Dean. A hire industry veteran, with an extensive background in both IT and operations, Stuart is just what we need to take Kennards Hire’s operations into the future.”
Stuart said, “I’m honoured to be chosen as Kennards Hire’s new COO. It’s such an exciting time for the business and, as an organisation that has such strong family values, Kennards Hire is a wonderful place to work. I’m excited to pursue the next stage of my career here.
“The hire industry is constantly evolving. There’s a clear industry focus towards the adoption of new technologies to make customer’s jobs easier and safer. It’s exciting to be part of business that embraces innovation and invests in new ideas, products and services.”
With Stuart Dean now as the equipment hire company’s Chief Operations Officer, former COO, Bill Whitehouse, will move into the new role of General Manager, Operational Projects. Bill Whitehouse has been critical to the success of Kennards Hire over the last 30 years and will continue to play a key role in growing the business and seeking new operational opportunities.
Now with more than 1,600 employees, Kennards Hire continues to expand its network, having recently opened its latest branches in Port Melbourne (VIC) in May and fully renovated branch in Airport West (VIC) in June.