Wrights’ new Accounts Manager
John Hartley has joined Wrightbus as National Accounts Manager. John started his career at East Lancashire Coachbuilders in 1992, working his way up from the shop floor. He spent time in the engineering department before taking on the role of Contracts Manager. When ELC become the Darwen Group, John assumed the role of Regional Sales Manager for the North of England. Under Optare ownership, his responsibilities extended into a Group Programme/Contracts Managerial role and most latterly he held the position of Regional Sales Manager for the North and Scotland. In his new role at Wrightbus, he will report to Commercial Director, Sam McLaren and work alongside colleague Steve Jackson. He is to work with operators throughout northern England, Scotland and Wales to manage current contracts and to be a key point of contact from an aftermarket perspective when new vehicles are delivered. He is also tasked with growing and developing new business opportunities across the private and municipal customer base.
Sam McLaren said, ‘John is already a well known, liked and respected figure in our industry and brings with him a real depth of knowledge and experience. Once he has completed his induction period – which has already included a spell on the shop floor at Ballymena – I know he is itching to get into action in his new role.’